Pears are a juicy and delicious fruit, which pairs up beautifully with many other foods and drinks. They are a perfect accompaniment to any salad and makefor tasty desserts. But there are quite a few ways to include pears as your starter. Here are a few perfect pear appetizer recipes to impress your guests with.
Slice pears stem-side-up into 12 quarter-inch width vertical planks. Cut large slices in half lengthwise for a total of 48 slices.
Heat vinegar, butter, and honey in large frying pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until reduced by half, about 2 tablespoons. Add pear slices and continue cooking for 1 minute, turning once.
Place 2 pear slices on each baguette round and top with 1 teaspoon goat cheese. Sprinkle almonds over cheese and garnish with fresh pepper, if desired.
*To toast almonds, place in heavy frying pan and toast over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes or until tan with toasted aroma.
Fresh Pork and Pear Tostadas
1 pound pork tenderloin, cubed
½ onion, cut into chunks
1 garlic clove, minced
Oil, as needed
10 corn tortillas
2 carrots, peeled, grated
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 bundle fresh chives
3 Anjou, Bosc, or Red Anjou Pears, sliced and cored
3 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 head lettuce, grated
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 jalape?o peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cilantro seeds
3 tablespoons vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat water to boiling in a saucepan. Add the pork meat with the onion and the garlic clove; season with salt and pepper. While the meat is cooking, mix the dressing ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Add a little oil to a frying pan and brown the tortillas until they are golden and crisp. When the pork is cooked, shred meat and mix with grated carrots, red onion, and chives; mix well and season with additional salt and pepper to your taste.
Slice the pears and set them aside. Bathe the pears in a light lemon and water solution to prevent browning.
Place one tortilla on each serving plate; add ½ cup cheese and a spoonful of meat. Top with a second tortilla, lettuce, and pear slices.
Pour dressing over top or serve with dressing on the side.
Grilled Asian Shrimp Skewers with Pears
½ cup honey
½ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Pears, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes
36 shrimp, peeled, deveined, 31/40 count
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 12 1-inch squares
12 cherry tomatoes
Whisk together honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ground ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes until blended; set aside.
Thread each skewer with 3 cubes pear, 3 shrimp, 1 pepper square, and 1 cherry tomato.
Place skewers in large shallow pan. Pour marinade over kabobs and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Brush grill with oil. Preheat grill.
Grill kabobs over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until shrimp is cooked.