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.
Peppered Pork and Pears
The next time you cook pork, make homemade pear sauce just as you would fresh applesauce; just substitute pears for apples.
Try this combination in Peppered Pork and Pears where ground mixed peppercorns give a slightly sweet, barely hot flavor to the pork and pear duo. Pear brandy adds an extra hit of pear essence, but if you don’t have it on hand you can substitute regular brandy or additional chicken broth.