You may be used to poaching or baking pears for a quick dessert, but this sweet, humble fruit is also at home in main dishes,
muffins, appetizers, and even soup.
Go Beyond Poached Pears
In these tasty dishes, crisp, cool pears are the perfect "pair" (pun intended) for braised pork, sweet potatoes, walnut muffins, a ginger-brandy cocktail, and so
Braised Pork with Pears and Chiles
Braising is an easy way to take budget-friendly cuts of meat, such as pork shoulder, from tough to tender. Simply brown the
pork in a large oven-proof pot, then bake for a couple of hours in a mixture of white wine, chicken broth, garlic, lemon juice,
and chiles. Once the pork is fork tender, add the pear slices to the pot and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
If you're looking for an alternative to traditional holiday party cocktails, check out this spicy-sweet cognac concoction.
Flavorful fresh ginger is a great complement to the sweet pear juice. For extra special presentation, serve with a lemon rind
Think pears don't belong in soup? Think again. This simple, top-rated soup features sliced red bell peppers, carrots, shallots,
and pears simmered in chicken broth and seasoned with red pepper, black pepper, and salt. At just over 100 calories per serving,
it's not only a delicious choice for dinner, it's a healthy one, too.
This puffed pear pancake is delicious served for a sweet, decadent breakfast or simple dessert. Place cinnamon and sugar-covered
pear slices in a preheated and buttered cast-iron skillet and pour the homemade batter on top, then bake until puffed up and