Ripe, Juicy Pears
Perfectly ripe pears have no peers: sensuous with a quenching, dripping juiciness and perfumed, honey-buttery sweetness—like the last hurrah of summer's sunshine. Their texture, mealy in the best way, offers a slight give followed by a mouthwatering giving-in. The U.S. crop—grown mostly in Washington and Oregon—comes into full glory in October. If rotund, short-necked Comice is the Cadillac of the pear world, Anjou is the workhorse. Forelle (shown here) and Seckel are petite, fleeting beauties. Grab them while you can!
Pear and Apricot Tart
Beneath the velvety skin of the perfect apricot is flesh that somehow manages to be dense and fragile at the same time. Baking or simmering melts the fruit, intensifying the flavor and grilling produces a lovely caramelized result, while the skin holds the fruit's shape. It's ridiculously delicious in cobblers, salads, and pizzas.
In the late 19th century, the families of Sicily came to America bringing their most cherished Italian customs and cooking. Prominent among them were flavorful, fresh fruit desserts, such as this lovely tart. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or, even better, gelato.
Honey-Wheat Pizza with Pear-Prosciutto Salad
A showy, crimson-skinned pear is beautiful here, but any pear variety you like will work.
Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed Pears
While traditional Belgian waffles are made with yeast, we use beaten egg whites to give these salty-sweet waffles their light, airy texture and crispy exterior. Sweet delicious pears top this breakfast beauty for a tasty touch of fall.
We fancified the classic ham and cheesy sammy with prosciutto, Swiss, and pear. Fig preserves provide the can't-quite-place-it sweetness that elevates this toast; you can sub 1/2 teaspoon honey. The salty and sweet combination of pear and proscuitto creates a satisfying entrée with 14g of protein. Pair with one of our layered soups for a heartier meal. We can guarantee this kid-friendly staff favorite will be a hit when served as lunch or as a party appetizer. Put ripe fall pears to good use by savoring this seasonal fruit in cocktails, salads, and more, including our creative ideas for toast toppings.
Poached Pear Bread
Impress friends over coffee, or perhaps receive a standing ovation at the breakfast table, with this stunning loaf. It offers a clue to its interior surprise when it comes out of the oven, but when you cut into it, the real magic happens. It’s remarkably easy to make, too.
Cheese and Pear Pork
This is an elegant presentation of a flawless flavor combination. Walnuts, pear, and blue cheese create the filling for pork tenderloin. Serve slices dressed with the sauce over a bed of sweet, fresh spinach and thinly sliced pear.
Crunchy Bulgur Bowl with Kale, Chicken, and Pear
This easy and light supper is a great way to get family members to try (and enjoy) new foods, such as bulgur and raw kale. Soaking the bulgur in milk overnight both adds to the grain's wonderful rich flavor and keeps this dish completely no-cook. And even better, this simple recipe can have you ready for dinner in less time than it would take to pick up a pizza. Asian pear is a large, super crisp, sweet, and refreshing variety of pear—if you have difficulty finding it, you can definitely substitute your favorite pear or apple variety.
Pear and Pomegranate Bellini
Raise your glass to good friends and family while knocking back this fruity holiday cocktail. Cheers!
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.
Roasted Grape and Pear Kuchen
Kuchen is a classic German yeast cake that’s either topped with seasonal fruit or filled with cheese or custard. Our version celebrates fall with seasonal fruit—roasted grapes and pears—and plenty of spices.
Whole Roasted Endives with Pear, Arugula, and Walnut Salad
A red-skinned pear like Starkrimson, red Bartlett, or red Anjou is gorgeous here. If you'd prefer something with a crisp bite, though, try Bosc.
Spicy Pear and Ricotta Toast
Excite your taste buds with a sweet and spicy toast combo. If you don't have pepper jelly, we recommend drizzling honey and red chili flakes for that same sweet kick. Either way, this toast is a knockout and makes for a great mid-day snack.
Pear Crisp with Amaretti Topping
Nothing says comfort like a warm crisp or crumble, and ripe, seasonal pears make a delicious base for these easy dishes. Pear Crisp with Amaretti Topping calls for slightly under-ripe, firm pears that will hold up to long cooking time. A crunchy topping of Italian almond macaroons and a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is the crowning touch.
Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Crisp
Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad
Play pears’ sweetness against bitter endive or radicchio, tangy citrus such as kumquats or oranges, earthy nuts (especially walnuts), and woodsy herbs like fresh thyme or sage.
In this salad, sweet-earthy candied walnuts, bitter radicchio, juicy ripe Anjou pears, and salty capers contrast for delightful fall dish. Serve alongside any meal, and make a double batch of the sugared walnuts for gifts or sweet snacking.
Hazelnut, Pear, and Blue Cheese Tart
Here's a beautiful, sophisticated, not-too-sweet dessert that captures the flavors of a great cheese course. If you don't have a rectangular tart pan, you can easily make this in a 9-inch round tart pan. For the boldest blue cheese flavor, go for Maytag or Roquefort; for a subtler effect, try Gorgonzola Dolce.
Pear, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Focaccia-Style Pizza
If you don't own a pizza pan, you can find inexpensive, disposable rimmed pizza pans at the supermarket. For a quick side, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes, 5 cups mixed greens, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, and 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates; toss to coat.
Roasted Pear Crème Brûlée Tart
Ripe, sweet pears are delicious in many desserts. Try using them in places you would use apples, such as in pies, tarts, crisps, and crumbles.
In this impressive tart, the flaky crust, crunchy caramelized sugar, creamy custard, and soft roasted fruit bring all the elements of a divine dessert. You can make all the components ahead of time, and brûlée the pears just before serving.
Frangipane Pear Tarts
Sheets of crisp, paper-thin phyllo dough encase a filling of toasted ground almonds, with red-skinned pears as the crowning touch. We call for Anjou, but you can also use Bartlett, Bosc, or Concorde pears.
Prosciutto, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sandwich
A savory blend of salty and sweet flavors make the perfect pair between two slices of multigrain bread. Toast the bread in a pinch by arranging it on a baking sheet and broiling for three minutes.
Fresh Pear Cocktail
The philosophy at Rouge Tomate, a health-mindful restaurant with locations in New York and Brussels, is guided by seasonal ingredients and bright flavors. Beverage Director Pascaline Lepeltier shares this delicious cocktail:
Shred 1 medium Bosc pear; place pulp on several layers of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; squeeze over a glass measuring cup to yield 1/3 cup juice. Discard solids. Combine pear juice, 2 tablespoons citrus-infused vodka, 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sugar syrup) in a martini shaker with ice; shake. Strain about 3 tablespoons vodka mixture into each of 2 martini glasses. Top each serving with 1½ tablespoons hard apple cider or cidre doux. Garnish with pear slices. Yield: 2 servings. CAL: 156; FAT: 0.2g (sat 0g); SOD: 5mg
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel
This pie's strength lies in the amalgamation of many different textures and flavors. Crisp pear and tart cranberries are held in an ooey-gooey brown-sugar filling, topped with a crunchy, nutty streusel. Using a premade crust means there's almost no work involved. Assembly takes maybe five minutes―throw it in the oven, and you're done.
Pear and Gruyère Strata
Think of this as stuffed French toast in a casserole. Here, sweet cinnamon bread meets juicy pears and the savory bite of Gruyère cheese. You want a pear variety that will hold its shape and won't exude too much moisture as the strata bakes—we liked Anjou and Concorde.
Pear and Walnut Muffins
Fragrant pears and walnuts make an unbeatable combination. For this recipe, you can use any type of pear available, though we suggest Anjou or Bartlett. Adding ground walnuts to these muffins results in a delightful richness. Turbinado sugar has large blond crystals and a subtle molasses flavor; substitute granulated sugar if you don't have turbinado.
Sweet, savory, salty--what more could you ask for? Fresh pears find new life when topped with center-cut bacon and a little balsamic glaze.
Serve this simple relish over chicken, fish, or quesadillas, or just spoon into fresh endive spears.
Combine 2 cups chopped red Anjou pear, 1/3 cup sliced kumquat, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey; let stand 10 minutes. Add 1/3 cup sliced green olives, 3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots, 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper; toss. Yield: 12 servings (serving size: ¼ cup). CAL: 47; FAT: 2.4g (sat 0.3g); SOD: 105mg
Spinach and Pear Salad
Perfect for a side dish to serve to company or on special family occasions, this fresh spinach salad features pears and a red-wine vinegar based dressing for an unbeatable combination.
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.
Gingery Cranberry-Pear Pie with Oatmeal Streusel
Combine the best of fall and winter flavors in this must-try pie recipe. The oatmeal streusel topping shines as a crunchy companion to the tart-sweet filling.
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.