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!

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Roasted Pear Sauce
Roasted Pear Sauce

    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.

Pear, Vanilla Bean, and Browned Butter Crumble

    Browned butter gives this pear crumble a unique caramel flavor. Serve the individual desserts with whipped cream for a special treat.

Pretty Pear Gingerbread Tart

    A tender gingerbread crust is filled with cream cheese, orange marmalade, and topped with sweet pears.

Apple Pear Tart

    The crust for this scrumptious pear and apple tart starts with crushed cookies -- making it a simple dessert to bake.

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread

    Serve this gorgeous pear cake at a fall dinner party. For best results, choose pears that have just begun to ripen.

Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart

    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.

Pear and Arugula Salad

    The sweetness of the pears complements the peppery arugula in this elegant salad.

Raspberry-Pear Sorbet

    For a refreshing dessert that's delicious any time of year, try this pear liqueur-laced sorbet recipe.

Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

    Top premade pizza crust with cream cheese, sliced pear, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and bacon for a delectable dinner.

Baby Cheese Cakes with Toffee Pears

    This spin on the classic flavor combination of pears and blue cheese makes for a mouthwatering dessert that's a must-try.

Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust and Spiced Pears

    Pour creamy vanilla custard over a tender cookie crust and top with brandy-soaked pears for an elegant dessert.

Fennel and Pear Chicken Thighs

    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.

Duck Breast with Pears and Balsamic Vinaigrette

    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.

Pear and White Cheddar Quick Bread

    This savory brunch bread is delicious and so simple to make.

Cranberry-Pear Chutney

    Enough to serve a crowd, this yummy mix of Asian pears, cranberries, and peach preserves is bursting with fall flavor.

Chocolate-Pear Spice Cake

    This sweet-spicy cake is fantastic served warm. The crispy pear chips that top the cake are a real show-stopper.

Brown Sugar Pear Pound Cake

    Bartlett pears are cooked into an aromatic sauce for this cozy pear pound cake recipe.

Pork Chops with Gorgonzola and Pears

    This 30-minute dinner is bursting with flavor. Pan-fried pork chips and buttery pears are served with a creamy Gorgonzola sauce.

Raspberry-Sauced Pears

    Baked pears covered in raspberry sauce make an elegant, easy dessert.

Glazed Parsnips and Pears

    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.

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