Savory Pear Ideas

September 7, 2009

Savory Pear Ideas

Sara Jones, Tucson CSA

Pears make a delicious snack or dessert, but it is fun trying them
in savory dishes, too. They can add the perfect touch of
sweetness or crunch to a recipe. They also pair nicely with
different cheeses and nuts as a nice way to start or end a meal.

Pear and Brie Sandwiches

A great sandwich can be as simple as this easy combination,
ideally served on a French baguette. If you eat meat, add any
thinly sliced, smoky or salty cut of pork or turkey. Also try as a
grilled cheese sandwich!

Tuna or Chicken Salad with Pears

Try making your favorite tuna or chicken salad recipe, adding
diced pears and a handful of chopped nuts for flavor and texture.
Or top sliced pears with your prepared salad, using them instead
of crackers.

Balsamic Pear Pizza

Using a pre-made or pre-bought pizza dough, assemble an easy
pizza using your pears. Start by cooking ½ large, sliced onion in
a skillet over medium high heat. Once onion begins to turn
golden, add one or two sliced pears. Cook for about two
minutes, remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Top pizza with desired cheeses. Add pears and onions and
finely chopped arugula, if available. Bake according to recipe or
package directions.

Pear and Goat Cheese Bowls

Slice pears in individual bowls and sprinkle with crumbled goat
cheese. Pour a little honey on top and serve. Great as a starter
or as dessert.

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