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Honey-Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe pears (about 1 1/2 lbs.), like Bosc, unpeeled
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Details

Servings 6
Adapted from monmouthhealthandlife.com

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the pears in half, then slice a thin sliver from the rounded side of each half so the pears can rest flat. Scoop out the core of each pear half with a melon baller. It doesn’t have to be pretty, as you will later be filling the cavities with cheese and nuts.

Pour the melted butter into a 9"x13" baking dish. Whisk in the honey and sugar. Arrange the pears, cut side down, on top of the honey-sugar mixture. Roast the pears until they are tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium dry skillet, lightly toast the chopped walnuts over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until they are fragrant, lightly browned in spots and softly hissing. Remove to a plate to cool.

Remove the pears from the oven and gently flip them, cut side up. Baste the pears with the honey syrup and return them to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pears again and fill each cavity with a generous tablespoon of blue cheese. Return the pears to the oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes more.

To serve, spoon some of the caramelized syrup onto serving plates, set the warm pear halves on top and sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Any leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days and reheated in the microwave.

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