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Caramalized Pears With Proscuitto And Balsamic Syrup


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  • 3 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 6 ripe cooking pears, such as Bosc
  • 1 fresh lemon cut in half
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 24 slices Proscuitto d Parma - (abt 1/2 lb)
  • 4 cups arugula cleaned
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese


Servings 8


Step 1

For the balsamic syrup: In a medium-saucepan, over medium heat, add the balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid reduces by 3/4, about 30 minutes or until syrup-like consistency. Remove from the heat and cool completely. (Yields about 3/4 cup)

Peel each pear, discarding the skin. Slice each pear into quarters and remove the core. Then slice each quarter in 2 (you should have 48 pieces). While you are cutting the pears, place in a mixing bowl and toss with the a squeeze of the fresh lemon juice. Season the pears with salt and black pepper. Add the sugar and toss well, coating each piece completely.

In a large stainless steel pan, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. When the butter is hot, add the pears, sliced-side down, cook until the pears start to caramelize, about 2 to 3 minutes, flip over and caramelize the other side. Remove the pears from the stove. Toss the arugula with olive oil salt and pepper.

To serve, place a small mound of arugula in the center of each plate. Place 2 pear slices on each slice of prosciutto and roll prosciutto around the pears. Place 3 prosciutto and pear bundles on each mound of arugula. Crumble the cheese over the pears. Drizzle each plate with some of the balsamic syrup.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

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