15 Delectable Dishes Featuring Pears

August 6, 2013  |  

Poached Pears
Serves 4 | Hands-On Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 55 min.

Ingredients½ bottle (1 ½ cups) red wine

1 lemon
1 navel orange, quartered
¾ cup sugar
½ vanilla bean, split OR ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
4 small ripe pears, peeled


1. In small saucepan, off the heat, combine wine, juice from lemon and orange, 1 of squeezed orange quarters, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
2. Add pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, turning pears occasionally until they’re easily pierced with the tip of a knife (about 25 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to individual plates.
3. Remove and discard orange quarter and spices. Return liquid to a simmer and cook until syrupy and reduce by two-third (about 15 minutes), depending on size of pan. Spoon sauce over pears and serve.

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