October 2010 Flavor of the Month: Pears
Every season has a flavor all its own, and this month is all about pears. Juicy, sweet, and equally delicious paired with sharp cheese or infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh pears are bursting with as much harvest flavor as any fall fruit. Here are 20 of our all-time favorite pear recipes for you to try!
Roasted Pear Sauce
Pear, Vanilla Bean, and Browned Butter Crumble
For a delicious appetizer, serve this sweet pear sauce with cheese. Toasted walnuts, fresh pear slices, and sage leaves make a pretty (and tasty) garnish.
Pretty Pear Gingerbread Tart
Browned butter gives this pear crumble a unique caramel flavor. Serve the individual desserts with whipped cream for a special treat.
Apple Pear Tart
A tender gingerbread crust is filled with cream cheese, orange marmalade, and topped with sweet pears.
Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread
The crust for this scrumptious pear and apple tart starts with crushed cookies -- making it a simple dessert to bake.
Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart
Serve this gorgeous pear cake at a fall dinner party. For best results, choose pears that have just begun to ripen.
Pear and Arugula Salad
With its chewy bread base and pear-cheese topper, this luscious tart is ideal to serve between the main course and dessert in place of the traditional cheese course.
The sweetness of the pears complements the peppery arugula in this elegant salad.
Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza
For a refreshing dessert that's delicious any time of year, try this pear liqueur-laced sorbet recipe.
Baby Cheese Cakes with Toffee Pears
Top premade pizza crust with cream cheese, sliced pear, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and bacon for a delectable dinner.
Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust and Spiced Pears
This spin on the classic flavor combination of pears and blue cheese makes for a mouthwatering dessert that's a must-try.
Fennel and Pear Chicken Thighs
Pour creamy vanilla custard over a tender cookie crust and top with brandy-soaked pears for an elegant dessert.
Duck Breast with Pears and Balsamic Vinaigrette
The licorice-like flavor of fennel makes a serendipitous match with pears. Because the pears are dried rather than fresh, you can make this dish any time of year.
Pear and White Cheddar Quick Bread
This elegant fall salad is a dinner in itself. Fresh pears are sautéed in butter, and then arranged with crispy duck meat and toasted walnuts over baby spinach.
This savory brunch bread is delicious and so simple to make.
Chocolate-Pear Spice Cake
Enough to serve a crowd, this yummy mix of Asian pears, cranberries, and peach preserves is bursting with fall flavor.
Brown Sugar Pear Pound Cake
This sweet-spicy cake is fantastic served warm. The crispy pear chips that top the cake are a real show-stopper.
Pork Chops with Gorgonzola and Pears
Bartlett pears are cooked into an aromatic sauce for this cozy pear pound cake recipe.
Glazed Parsnips and Pears
This 30-minute dinner is bursting with flavor. Pan-fried pork chips and buttery pears are served with a creamy Gorgonzola sauce.
Here's a fall side dish you'll make again and again. Tender pears and parsnips are cooked with sweet onion jam and fresh rosemary.