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Perfect Pear Appetizers

Posted Feb 05 2011 6:32am

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.

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Balsamic-Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 24 baguette rounds, toasted
  • ½ cup spreadable goat cheese
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Ground black pepper, if desired

Directions:

  • 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.
  • Serves 24.

Source: Usapear.org

Fresh Pork and Pear Tostadas

Tostada Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Lemon juice
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 head lettuce, grated

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.
  • Serves 5.

Source: Usapear.org

Grilled Asian Shrimp Skewers with Pears

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 skewers
  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.
  • Makes 12 kabobs.

Source: Usapear.org

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