Blue Cheese Roasted Pears with Pomegranate & Pine Nuts

Roasted pears make an elegant side dish or sophisticated dessert for any winter season celebration. Don’t miss out now that the holidays are over! Not only do pears support a healthy lifestyle, the mild yet honey-sweet flesh of a delicious pear makes the perfect pair-up with big, bold flavors. My Blue Cheese Roasted Pears with Pomegranate & Pine Nuts takes baked fruit to the next level!

Not that I always go for the best-looking fruit in the basket, but the Bosc pear can’t be beat on beauty and good taste when it comes to creating an elegant pear recipe. The elongated, tapered neck and rich cinnamon color set them apart from other varieties. Plus, the flesh of a Bosc pear sweetens early and holds up well to baking, roasting, sautéing and other cooking methods, where others would turn to mush. However, if you can’t find Bosc pears at the market, Bartlett and Anjou make worthy substitutions.

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Another wonderful thing about pear dishes, such as my baked pears, are their chic simplicity for a dinner party.  Just mix together a few ingredients, pop in the oven and catch up with friends over a glass of wine while you wait for the flavor-mingling magic to happen. Fragrant aromas will start wafting out of the oven, that’s when your nose tells your brain that it’s time to take a look-see. When the pears are softening, the cheese bubbling and the pan sauces syrup-in, your masterpiece is ready to sway even the most finicky of foodies on your invite list.

 

Serve Blue Cheese Roasted Pears with Pomegranate & Pine Nuts aside a main dish such as pork loin, roast, or goose. As a fruit dessert, these bold roasted pears will punctuate the end of your meal with a savory-sweet exclamation point. And, should you have leftovers (ha), add a pear half to your salad or slice them up and whip out the panini press.

Blue Cheese Roasted Pears with Pomegranate & Pine Nuts

Serves 4 | Finish in 40 minutes
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Roasted pears decked out in blue cheese, pomegranate and pine nuts make an elegant yet ridiculously easy side dish or dessert to start of the New Year.

Ingredients

2 large Bosc pears, not overly ripe

1 lemon

¼ cup pine nuts

½ cup pomegranate arils

½ cup Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese Crumbles

½ cup pomegranate juice

½ cup Litehouse Honey Crisp Apple Cider

1/3 cup brown sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Wash pears and slice in half lengthwise.  Use a melon baller to scoop out seeds and core, leaving a well for blue cheese filling. Place pears, cut side up, in glass baking dish or cast-iron skillet.

Slice lemon in half and squeeze juice over cut side of pears so that they don’t discolor.

In small skillet, over medium-high, toast pine nuts about 3 to 4 minutes, shaking pan as needed, until lightly golden brown.

In small bowl, toss together crumbled blue cheese, fresh pomegranate arils, and toasted pine nuts. Divide this cheese mixture among the pear halves, pushing down into the indentation.

In small bowl, combine pomegranate juice, apple cider and brown sugar. Drizzle a bit over pears and pour remainder around pears sitting in baking dish.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, basting once or twice with liquid in dish. Pears are ready when softened and cheese bubbling.


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