Pear and thyme mash

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Pear and Thyme Mash
Pear and Thyme Mash
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

The addition of pears gives this wonderfully rich mash a slightly sweet taste. It's great with turkey, pork and beef, as well as veggie dishes


  • 1.5kg (3lb 5oz) floury potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, bashed
  • 100g (4oz) butter, plus a little extra for the pears
  • 200ml (7fl oz) double cream
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and diced
  • 1tbsp chopped fresh thyme

You can make this dish in the morning then cool and chill for a couple of hours. Microwave until piping hot before serving.


  1. Put the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted water, add the garlic and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until soft. Drain and return to the pan. Warm over a very low heat to cook off any excess water. Add the butter and cream, then heat gently until bubbling. Mash until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pears and thyme in a little butter in a small pan for 5 to 10 mins until softened. Stir into the mash and season to taste.

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