Here are some quick and easy pear recipes, including a pear salad, pear tarts, and poached pears.
For best results, when using fresh pears in recipes, make sure you select fruit that is ripe, yet still firm. Pears quickly turn brown, so
add them to your recipe immediately after peeling or slicing. You can keep peeled or sliced pears from turning brown by dropping them in a bowl of cold water with lemon juice added to it (4 cups of water to 1/4 cup lemon juice).
Poaching in red wine makes an elegant, yet very easy, pear dessert. Can be low calorie, but extra yummy with dairy toppings.
More Ways to Enjoy Pears
Serve as is. Cut just before serving or sprinkle a little lemon juice on the slices to keep them from turning brown.
Pears are delicious with cheese - try blue cheese to start with and than explore other taste combinations.
One of the most famous French pear recipes, Poires Belle-Helene, can be made from pear halves canned in light syrup. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a quick, yummy treat.
Pears are perfect fruits to add to savory dishes and salads. They go well with sweet onions and radishes and can be used to make chutney.
In France some pears are cultivated to make poiré, which is similar to apple cider, and eau-de-vie (brandy).