Roasted Pears with Gorgonzola, Honey, and Pistachios

recipe
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.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 pear half)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes

Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

Lorrie Corvin,

Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection,

Oxmoor House

October 2006
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