For me, the fruit that signals the arrival of fall is pears. Apples may get all the glory, but I'll take a sweet pear any day. Whether you like crisp Asian pears or soft, juicy Bartlett pears, you can do more with pears than just eat them out of hand. Here are 10 ways you can eat pears from morning until night!
This pretty tart starts with poaching pears in a vanilla-spice syrup, then you bake the pears in a walnut tart shell with frangipane filling.
Slice up a pear in your next salad to add freshness and sweetness, especially when paired with intense ingredients, like blue cheese and peppery arugula.
Blend up a pear with spinach and ginger for a drink that's healthy and refreshing. Flaxseed and lemon juice round out this beautifully green smoothie.
Korean cuisine uses pear in a lot of its marinades because of its ability to both tenderize meat and add sugars for both flavoring and browning. You might not directly taste the pear, but it has an important role in these bibimbap tacos.
This twist on a pineapple upside-down cake has pear slices in a caramel sauce topped with a tender vanilla cake. There are not one but two toppings for this cake: a caramel butterscotch and cardamom whipped cream!
Diced pears are folded into muffins that are just lightly sweetened, so they don't verge on cupcake territory. Feel free to toss in some nuts, candied ginger, or even chocolate chips.
If you want a fun fall weekend project, this recipe is it. Fresh pasta dough is stuffed with a filling of pears and ricotta cheese, and the cute little pasta pouches are tossed with a Parmesan cream sauce.
A compote is simply stewed fruit, and this easy one — pears stewed with ginger and vanilla beans, brightened with fresh lime juice — can be served over ice cream, cake, yogurt, or even oatmeal.
Whatever you stuff into apples can also be stuffed into pears. One of our favorite fillings is white Stilton cheese, walnuts, and honey, roasted into crisp halved pears. It's a cheese and fruit plate all rolled into one!
I find pear juice crisp and refreshing — perfect in fall cocktails. Blend up a crisp Asian pear, strain the juice, and mix with some sweetener and soda water for a non-alcoholic sparkler! I also won't say anything if you add a shot of rum or gin.