There’s nothing better about the end of summer than the harvest – and I impatiently await for my favorite of them all – pears. To help you enjoy these delicious treats, here are a couple of my favorite recipes that feature pears.
Something I really like to do with the pears I end up with that are slightly under ripe is use them instead of apples for toppings on my pancakes. If you’ve ever made fried apples before, you’ll know that this is a great alternative to syrup. Here’s my modified recipe that I use when making fried pears:
2 large pears
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
orange zest to taste
nutmeg to taste
Slice pear into halves, peel and remove the stem and seeds. Slice into 1/2-inch slices.
Warm the butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and zest in a skillet over medium heat and stir to blend. In a single layer, arrange the pear slices in the honey mixture and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes until soft on one side. Turn and cook the other side until desired softness is achieved and the honey mixture has thickened, lightly caramelized and turned a shade darker.
Make sure that you don’t overcook them! I love this on top of buckwheat pancakes.
For those of you seeking a healthier way to feature pears, consider adding them to a spinach and strawberry salad! Below is a recipe that I found a while back and have modified for the tastes of our household – make sure you make your own!
Strawberry, Pear, and Spinach Salad
1/2 cup black walnuts
1 (10 ounce) bag spinach leaves
1 (10 ounce) bag romaine lettuce, torn
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
8 large strawberries, sliced
2 pears – peeled, cored and sliced
1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta
3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
Place the walnuts in a small skillet over medium-high heat; toast the nuts while stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes; set aside to cool completely.
Toss together the spinach and romaine lettuce in a large mixing bowl, and toss with 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette. Mix in the strawberries, pears, feta cheese, and walnuts. Dress the salad with another 3 tablespoons vinaigrette and serve!
And, you can always class it up with a pear martini! Take 1 part pear liquor and 2 parts of your favorite vodka, pour into a shaker full of ice, and strain into chilled glasses. Enjoy as the season blends from summer into autumn and fresh tastes of the season!