Fall is the season for pears, and from cocktails to salads, we’re dishing on all the best ways to enjoy every last drop of the sweet bounty. To know if a pear is ripe, gently push at the neck, around the stem. If it's firm, give your pear a few more days to ripen. If the fruit gives just a bit under your finger, you're holding a ripe pear. Pears past their prime are delicious in breads and sauces. You're sure to find a favorite pear recipe in this collection, and when you do, you'll be thinking "Apple who?" when the temps start to drop. Pears will soon be your autumnal passion.
Pears and Blue Cheese
Pears love blue cheese (or brie, and other pungent cheeses), and their honey sweetness is a nice foil for supertart cranberries as well. Serve this combination as a delectable and beautiful appetizer spread with wine or as toppings to a simple salad. We also like it in Stilton-Stuffed Baked Pears for a savory-sweet last course to a special meal.