Whether you’re snacking on a Bosc, Bartlett or Anjou, eating a delicious pear can help boost your health with its immune-boosting vitamin C and heart-healthy fibre. But this nutritious fruit is also incredibly versatile. Here are some of our favourite ways to cook with pears.
Savoury Squash and Pear Crumble
The sweet taste of squash and pear blended with breadcrumbs and crunchy walnuts provides a simple yet elegant recipe that’s bursting with flavour.
Creamy Parsnip and Pear Soup
Add a dash of hazelnut oil for added panache! The slight sweetness of the parsnips will enhance the caramelized onion and mild pear flavours.
Pear and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza
When the weather is inviting, take the pizza-making outdoors. Pears and prosciutto make a creative topping that’s sure to please’or try substituting other fruits you have on hand.
Ginger Pear Energy Bars
Ginger and pear make a refreshing, crisp-tasting energy bar with lots of nutrients. Ginger helps fight inflammation and improve digestion.
Ripe pears, wild blueberries and walnuts make this crumble a sweet treat on the healthier side. To make it even lighter, skip the whipped cream or serve with vanilla frozen yogurt.
Upside-Down Pear Pudding
This comforting pear pudding is perfect for a Sunday lunch on a chilly day. Pears and blackberries are topped with an orange-scented sponge mixture and baked, then the pudding is turned out upside-down, so the luscious fruit is on top.
Pears Grilled with Pecorino
Many cuisines have traditions of combining fruit with cheese. This recipe stems from the Tuscan combination of juicy pears with salty pecorino. With some cheese melted over the pears and the rest combined with grapes and salad leaves, the pears grilled with pecorino makes a very attractive dish.
Honey-Braised Pork Chops with Pears, Red Onion, Feta and Almonds
Pork and fruit have a natural affinity: pork’s mild, tender meat pairs nicely with sweet, succulent produce. In this dish, the sweet ingredients (pears and honey) are balanced perfectly with tangier ingredients (feta cheese and cider vinegar), and then everything is topped off with toasted almonds.
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