Serves 4 to 6 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

These buttery-sweet and delicately nutty pears are an excellent accompaniment to pork, but also make for an easy dessert for a fall dinner party (especially spooned over ice cream). We preferred to have a little bit of firm bite remain in our pears when testing the recipe, but if you’d prefer them to be a touch softer, simply continue cooking the fruit until your desired texture is reached. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine pears and brown sugar in a large bowl; toss to lightly coat.

Step 2

Melt butter in a skillet over medium; add thyme sprigs. Cook, swirling pan or stirring constantly, until butter browns, about 1 minute. Remove thyme sprigs; discard.

Step 3

Add coated pear slices to browned butter, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Squeeze with lemon, if desired; sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves. Serve alone, or over roasted pork, Brie cheese, or vanilla ice cream.

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