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Roasted Pears with Gorgonzola, Honey, and Pistachios

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 pear half)
Sweetened with honey and drizzled with a balsamic-vinegar reduction, these pears make an elegant dessert for a gourmet meal or an excellent side dish to roasted lamb.

Ingredients

  • 3 firm ripe Anjou or Bartlett pears (about 1 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 4 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios

Nutrition Information

  • calories 156
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • fat 6.1 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 23.5 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 15 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 224 mg
  • calcium 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Peel and core pears. Cut each pear in half lengthwise. Place pear halves, cut sides down, on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.

  3. While pears bake, bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

  4. Combine cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, 1 teaspoon honey, and salt; stir until smooth.

  5. Place warm pear halves, cut sides up, on individual dessert plates. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into the center of each pear half, and drizzle each pear with 3/4 teaspoon balsamic syrup and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon pistachios over each serving. Serve warm.

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