Food Focus: Pears

Nothing com-pears, nothing com-pears, to you. Are you singing yet? Prince said it first, but this fall we’re saying it again. With apples and pumpkins in the limelight this time of year, it’s easy to forget about pears. But don’t.

Pears

There are many different types of pears – from Asian, to Bartlett, to Comice. But Bartlett pears are most commonly found at the grocery store and are light green/yellow in color (their color changes as they ripen). They’re slightly sweet and extremely juicy – and “pear-shaped” in every sense of the description.

We hope these three recipes will get your excited to incorporate pears into your menu this fall. Set aside the apples and the pumpkin puree for a day and prepear to fall in love with one of our favorite seasonal ingredients.

Pear & Brie Panini

Pear and Brie Panini

While there’s nothing wrong (nothing at all) with a classic grilled cheese sandwich, you can easily upgrade your go-to recipe with pears and preserves. Pile pear slices, brie, and red onions on two pieces of bread slathered with a flavorful mixture of apricot preserves, mustard, and thyme. Cook in the Hamilton Beach® panini press for about 3 minutes and you’ve got a sandwich that your standard American-on-white-bread just doesn’t com-pear with.

Pear and Brie Panini

Roaster Oven Pears with Pecans

Roaster Oven Pears with Pecans

While it’s easy to get carried away with lattice pie crust and whipped cream, it’s nice to keep things simple in the dessert department. In this recipe, pears do all the talking. They are cooked in the Hamilton Beach® roaster oven with pecans and a mixture apple juice, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon (Y.U.M). Serve this beautiful, no frills dessert at a fall dinner party or pear-ed with your after dinner coffee on Thanksgiving.

Roaster Oven Pears with Pecans

Pear & Gorgonzola Naan Pizza

Pear and Gorgonzola Naan Pizza

Making homemade pizza is a lot of fun – and some would even say easy, especially when you take making your own pizza dough out of the equation. Using naan bread is a delicious substitute. It crisps up nicely, making the perfect crust for a personal pizza. We topped our naan pizza with pears, caramelized onions, and creamy gorgonzola cheese. Garnish your pizzas with a sprinkle of fresh rosemary to complete the pear-fect bite.

Pear & Gorgonzola Naan Pizza

our favorite pear recipes

More pear recipes: 

Ginger Pear Smoothie

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