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Pears Are The Perfect Pick for Your Oscar Party Menu

If you're looking to round out your menu with a sophisticated, elegant, but just-so-darn-easy recipe, look no further than the humble pear. In grocery stores right now, you'll mostly find Bosc and Bartlett. The season for some of the more exotic pears (Starkrimson and Concorde, one day we will meet) has passed. Nevertheless, the Bosc and Barlett are all you need for these delicious apps.

Fresh Pear Cocktail: Set the tone for the evening ("We Mean Serious Food Business at This Party!") and hand your guests this unforgettable cocktail the moment they walk in the door.

Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese: Sweet-tangy chutney pairs beautifully with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans. You can make the chutney up to three days in advance; assemble bruschetta shortly before serving.

Bosc Fries: Be prepared to embarrass yourself when you lick the bowl clean! This honey-tahini dip paired with the spice sprinkle and delicate Bosc fries will rock your socks, and your guests will surely not even care if Leo loses again. Please, movie gods! Don't let Leo lose again! (Recipe from USA Pears)

Pear Frushi: Sushi is an obvious Oscars party menu must-have, but add a fun fruit flair to it with a delicate slice of Bosc pear. Don't be afraid of the fruit-wasabi combo. It'll delight your senses and leave your guests' mouths tingling and talking about how great your party was. (Recipe from USA Pears.)

Hazelnut, Pear, and Blue Cheese Tart: There's no better way to end the party (unless you've got an after party to hit up) than with this funky fantastic tart. This beautiful, sophisticated, not-too-sweet dessert captures the flavors of a great cheese course and will send your guests off pining for next year's party.

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