Fresh pear recipes can range from energizing breakfast dishes to creative main courses and, most reliably, luscious dessert. Try some of the new interpretations listed here, play around with them, and come up with your own signature creations. Most markets carry pears year-round, but aim for seasonal pears, which are bursting with fresh-picked flavor.
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This savory pear and red onion gratin recipe is perfectly suited to a cozy supper in on a chilly night. Caramelized red onions provide an intense sweetness with just the right amount of sharpness to offset the fresh flavor of the pears. That combination mixed with aromatic thyme and an unexpected cheesy topping makes for a heavenly side dish.
Caramelizing fresh pears by roasting and then pairing them with strong blue cheese in this roasted pear salad is a wonderful way to elevate a classic dish into something really special. Homemade shallot vinaigrette dressing is a tangy complement to the warm sweetness of the roasted pears. Pair this salad with a crisp white or rose wine.
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Pears and bright, lemony-spicy ginger are a perfect flavor match. This gingered pear preserves recipe uses two types of ginger - fresh and crystallized - to add complexity and depth to the finished product. Jars of this mildly spiced preserve are a perfect gift during cold winter holidays and wonderful for cool autumn breakfasts.
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Most people either love pears or they hate them. Try this refreshing, lightly flavored pear nutmeg sorbet recipe, even if you fall into the latter group. The slightly gritty, granular texture of the pears is softened by simmering them; the freezing process only serves to make them almost velvety smooth. Serve this frozen treat with rich lemon sables.
Sweet and earthy, this apple, beet, and pear salad recipe combines the best of the autumn harvest. Irresistibly refreshing apples and pears are perfectly enhanced by a slightly sweet apple champagne vinaigrette speckled with shredded apple and topped with salty blue cheese crumbles. Serve it as a light and healthy main course or a special dinner party salad.
Poached fruit is a mainstay on nearly every French restaurant’s menu. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, this special dessert is healthy and low fat, so anyone can order it. Try this recipe for poached pears in white wine at home and you’ll be adding it to your kitchen repertoire, too. Serve it with a bit of crème patisserie or almond glace for richer treat – the cream perfectly accents the spiced wine syrup and sweetness of the pears.
This traditional pear tarte Tatin recipe is accented with the tiniest amount of a secret ingredient: lemon zest. More obvious, but equally enhancing in flavor, is a good dash of warming nutmeg. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Chantilly cream to the dessert for a rich after-dinner treat.
The absolute simplicity of this four-ingredient countryside pear jam recipe is only a side benefit. The star of this jam is the sparkling clear flavor of fresh pears, accented with just the tiniest dusting of cinnamon and cloves. These pear preserves are a classical, French confiture; they require no pectin, only sugar, to thicken into a hearty confection.
Served for dessert or afternoon tea, this deliciously spiced pear tartlets recipe is a quick and easy treat to make when you're in a rush. These spiced pear tartlets taste best when eaten within a few hours of being made. For the coziest indulgence, take a warm-from-the-oven pastry, dust it with a bit of powdered sugar, and serve it with a petite scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This classic French dessert is punched up with the essence of cinnamon. Ease of preparation and beautiful presentation make this dish a great selection for dinner parties.