Here’s a treat that can often be found hiding out in our refrigerator, awaiting the call for cravings either sweet or savory. Roasted Pears are are super easy to make, hang around with no harm done for a couple of weeks, and are happy to add themselves to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a moments notice. Come on along and I’ll show you…
First and foremost, we shall require a few pears. Use red, yellow, or green varieties – it makes no difference. A little on the ‘still too hard to eat’ side? No problem. A little past their prime? No problem. Roasting is the great equalizer, and all of your pears will come out of their oven experience perfectly.
Just slice them in half and remove the seeds with a melon baller if you’ve got one. I usually leave the skin on, but if you’d like to peel yours, feel free. Into the baking dish they go and are drizzled with a little agave (or honey) and a sprinkling of cinnamon. I also give them a short little spray with cooking spray so the tops don’t dry out.
Pop them into the oven and bake until they are tender and start to caramelize, and you’re done!
All that’s left is the chowing down. Let’s start with some organic salad greens, a little green onion and a beautiful pear. Of course, we need big chunks of our favorite blue cheese. Add whichever dressing suits you.
Time for dessert! Vanilla ice cream, vanilla with a caramel swirl, and maybe some additional caramel sauce on top if you happen to have any hanging around are perfect accompaniments. Seems kind of funny, but whenever we serve this for company dessert, I swear our guests prefer this over something really fancy and heavy. Hey – I’m good with that.
Hope these are pear-fect!! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
- 4 Pears, ripe but still firm
- 1 tablespoon Agave Nectar
- 1-teaspoon Cinnamon or to taste
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste
- Spray a 13x9 inch-baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash and slice the pears (no need to peel). Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish sprayed well with cooking spray. Drizzle the pears with agave nectar and sprinkle with kosher salt. To keep from drying out, spray the tops of the pears with cooking spray or a neutral oil. Roast about 45 minutes or until soft and slightly caramelized.