Not sure what to do with your pears, aside from eat them by hand? Here are a few fun ways to experiment with this wonderfully fragrant and juicy fruit!
Pears wrapped with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
In a large bowl, toss 2 pears (each cut into 8 wedges) with 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of blue cheese on a piece of prosciutto and roll up.
Pear and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Spread some fig jam on 1 slice of the bread and form sandwich with 2 slices of cheddar cheese, 2 slices of cooked bacon, and ¼ pear, thinly sliced. Cook the sandwich, covered, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Oven Pear Pancake
Heat oven to 400º F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with vegetable cooking spray. Peel, core, and cut into eighths (2) pears and arrange them in the pie plate.
Combine 1/2 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ cup flour, 3 eggs, 1 cup whole milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tbsp. unsalted melted butter, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Pour over the pears. Place in the oven and bake until springy to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Heat broiler. Sprinkle the pancake with ½ tsp. ground cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Broil until browned, about 1 minute. Serve warm.
Peanut Noodles with Chicken and Pears
Cook 1 pound of spaghetti according to package. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside. In large bowl whist together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt until smooth. Toss this dressing with pasta and add 2 cups rotisserie chicken meat (shredded), 1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced. 5 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced. 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped and 2 small red serrano or jalapeno chilies, seeded and thinly sliced (optional). Garnish with cilantro.