Roasted Pears

An eye-catching addition to a holiday table, this dish will have all your Instagramming guests posting and tagging and trending. It couldn’t be simpler: once you’ve halved and cored the pears, you can hand over the rest to grandkids or to friends willing to help. A little company in the kitchen makes the day more fun for the cook, and, as the saying goes, many hands make light work! If blue cheese skeptics are present, consider grating up a handful or two of Manchego or Beemster Gouda with Cumin Seeds instead.

Roasted Pears Recipe

INGREDIENTS

5 pears, cut in half and cored
4 oz blue cheese crumbles (or substitute grated Manchego or Beemster Gouda with Cumin Seeds)
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1 tbsp pink peppercorns
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 sprigs fresh rosemary

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. On a baking sheet, arrange the pears cut-side up.
  2. Sprinkle each pear with blue cheese, pistachios, peppercorns, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees until the pears are soft and the blue cheese is starts to brown slightly. Time depends on the ripeness and tenderness of the pears
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Story by Keith Recker / Recipe and Styling by Anna Franklin / Photography by Dave Bryce / With Support From Buy Fresh Buy Local Western PA

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