Sweet and Savory Pear Recipes

Ripe, juicy pears are one of the fall’s best treats. They add sweetness to salads and roasts, pair perfectly with warm baking spices and effortlessly dress up seasonal cocktails. Why not make the most of this versatile fruit with a few delicious recipes?

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Pear Ginger Crumble

The warm, fragrant spiciness of fresh ginger is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the baked pears and brown sugar-oat topping.

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Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Sweet pears, salty blue cheese, buttery nuts – when it comes to flavor, this simple, 20-minute salad recipe has it all.

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Pear Clafouti

Ina bakes in-season pears in a rich, custard-like batter for a simple and elegant dessert. Clafouti is delicious served warm or at room temperature, making it a wonderful choice when you need something that can be baked ahead.

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Roast Pork Loin with Pears and Cranberries

Juicy pears work together with dried cranberries and fragrant onion and rosemary to give this simple pork roast a delicious fall-inspired upgrade.

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Pear-Walnut-Cranberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

The secret ingredient in this fruit-and-nut quick bread? Shredded pears. They keep the bread moist and add extra sweetness.

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Fennel-Pear Salad with Grapes and Pecans

We can’t get enough of the sweet-and-refreshing flavor of this simple salad. The juicy pears and grapes provide more than enough balance against the subtle licorice-like flavor of the fennel, while sliced celery adds a little bit of brightness to finish it off.

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Pork Chops with Pear Chutney

Pork and apple are a common pairing during the cooler months so it’s no surprise that pear works just as well. We use the fruit to make a quick, microwave sweet-and-spiced chutney — that brings tons of flavor to plain pork chops.

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Maple-Pear Upside Down Cake

This eye-catching dessert uses the same method as the pineapple upside-down cake but relies on fall-favorite ingredients like fresh pears, maple and ground cardamom.

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Pear-Brandy Cocktails

There are a lot of ways to enjoy pears (fresh from the orchard, baked into desserts, as a topping for pork chops, and more), each one as delicious as the next. But, one of our favorite ways to have this in-season fruit is soaked in a flute of brandy and champagne — it’s the perfect treat after sipping down your cocktail!

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Orange-Cranberry-Pear Relish

This cheery relish keeps it simple: All it takes is some brown sugar and toasted pecans to pull together macerated pears, oranges and cranberries.

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Spiced Apple and Pear Pie

This twist on a classic pie blends softly sweet pear with bolder apple. Heighten the fruits' flavors with an aromatic mix of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

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Mushroom Pies With Pear Salad

Pair hearty mushroom pies with a light, refreshing pear salad for a filling fall meal in a snap.

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Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

The natural sweetness of fresh apples and pears makes this homemade sauce a standout over the store-bought version. Lemon juice adds brightness and keeps the fruit from browning, and cinnamon and nutmeg lend warm spice notes.

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Red Wine Poached Pears

For a dish as downright stunning as it is delicious, try your hand at these poached pears — the red wine accounts for their gorgeous scarlet color, and the sweet mascarpone tucked inside is a tasty surprise.

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Gingered Pears and Parsnips

This spicy mix of pears and parsnips, cooked with red pepper flakes and ginger until just tender, is the perfect warming side dish.

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Pear and Pistachio Guacamole

This recipe is perfect for autumn or winter when the petite seckel pears are in season (but feel free to use any variety). It has a surprising crunch, creating a delicious new version of guacamole. The pistachios on top make it extra special and contrast nicely with the pear and avocado.

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Celery Root and Pear Puree

For an update on mashed potatoes, look no further than this comforting blend of celery root and pear, finished with browned butter and crispy parsley.

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Pear-Celery Lemonade

We love the flavors of pear and celery together. They make a perfect lemonade that's packed with vitamin C. Be sure to drink your juice as soon as possible after it's made for the most nutritious bang. Adding chia seeds helps replace the fiber that is lost in the juicing process.

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Pear and Fennel Salad

Soft pear is the perfect complement to crisp fennel. A hint of anise and parsley underscore this fresh salad.

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Vanilla Poached Pears

For a simple, seasonal dessert, simmer pears in white wine infused with vanilla beans and grapefruit zest. Even better: They take only 15 minutes from kitchen to table.

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Pear-Anise Salad

The star anise seeds used in this sweet pear salad (similar but unrelated to the more common anise seed) are a stylish way to add a licorice flavor to the dressing.

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Pear-Pecan Upside-Down Cake

This upside-down cake is as beautiful as it is delectable. The comforting flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar effortlessly complement the pears' natural sweetness.

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Riesling Poached Pears

The perfect make-ahead dish, this is an elegant and simple solution to any dinner-party dessert. The accompanying cardamom cream adds richness to the light poached pears.

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Giada's Taleggio and Pear Panini

An excellent choice for any fall lunch, this pressed sandwich is bursting with flavor, thanks to the honey-dressed layers of sliced pears, arugula and Taleggio cheese.

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Winter Bread Pudding With Pears

This cozy bread pudding is made in a slow cooker, giving the custard-soaked, whole-grain bread all the time it needs to absorb the flavors of dried pears, whiskey and freshly grated nutmeg.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooked Winter Bread Pudding with Dried Pears

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