I’m no chef, baker or culinary artist but I do find it fun to dabble around in the kitchen. Like I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t have a lot of experience working with pears before I started my job here at Stemilt. Now, I find it one of the most pleasurable fruits to use in the kitchen. The soft, buttery texture, impeccable amount of juices and the variety of flavors I can choose from really help make the experience delightful.
Once a pear is ripe (learn how to check pear ripeness here), let the fun begin! Check out these 10 MUST HAVE recipes to have stored away in your cook book.
Pear & Cheese Pairings – It is never a bad idea to have a guide to pear and cheese pairings in your back pocket, right? Organized by pear variety, then followed by cheese options, you will have an endless amount of combinations.
Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad – Look no further for a simple salad recipe that encompasses a variety of flavors into one dish. This salad has the crunch of the walnut, the savory taste of the blue cheese and a refreshing bite of a pear, making it a winner in our books.
Tips for Grilling Pears – With spring here and summer on the horizon, BBQing is back on the table. Grilling pears may not be the first thing of think of, but trust us, you will be happy you tried it. Our blogger says the following, “You get an intense, smoky, charred flavor that enhances both sweet and savory recipes, and the heat brings all of the natural juices to the surface.” Sounds good to us!
Roasted Pear Martini – Yup, you read that right. One of our Kitchen Council members makes a pear sauce every year that she quotes as “super versatile” and uses in a variety of things, including this Roasted Pear Martini.
Apple Pear Pie – You bet you can mix two of our favorite fruits into one delicious pie. And what is even better is this pie recipe comes with a rosemary butterscotch sauce to add on top… Yes, sounds a little different but trust us when we say it’s not.
Cinnamon Pear Preserves – Keep pears in season even longer with Cinnamon Pear Preserves. Not only does it taste amazing, especially spread over a biscuit or with cheese, but it can also make a great little gift too!
Gluten-Free Pear Scones – If you have a gluten intolerance of any level, it can be frustrating to try and find a baked good that tastes delicious and is actually gluten-free. Fortunately for you, the hunt is over because these Gluten-Free Pear Scones are the perfect solution.
Maple Vanilla Baked Pears – If working with an oven is more your style, then check out these Maple Vanilla Baked Pears. Simple to make, simple ingredients, simply delicious.
Maple-Rosemary Roasted Pear Bruschetta – Can you ever go wrong with bruschetta? Of any kind really? This Maple-Rosemary Roast Pear Bruschetta is a wonderful appetizer to include at your next event. Savory, a tad sweet and a bit salty make these bites unforgettable.
Apple, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza – Can you really have a top 10 favorite recipes list and not include pizza? I think not. The sweet flavor of the Fuji apple and the refreshing taste of the Tosca pear compliment the savory, salty flavor of the prosciutto making this pizza a top contender.
Do you have a favorite pear recipe that didn’t make the list? Tell us in the comments below!