So as many of you know, I don’t really have a sweet tooth. But for some reason, when a sweet craving hits, it never fails. It’s at 6pm. And it’s saying screw dinner, let’s eat ice cream. Or cake. Or both. Demanding little sucker.
Last night, was pretty much the same way, I was not super hungry, but it was around 6pm and all I could think about was baking cookies. Is that strange? So I’m watching the food network, as per usual. And I’m watching one of the competition shows, and this lady make poached pears. And immediately, I was like, yep! That’s what’s happening. This recipe gives you the perfect amount of sweet, in what sort of feels like a main dish kind of dish. I think whenever blue cheese is in play, it automatically makes the whole dish feel savory for me? Yes? No? Am I weird? probably. This is sorta like those yummy salads with the blue cheese and cranberries and candied pecans. Only with pears and blueberry syrup. So pretty much awesome. If you look closely in the picture, I also added a few flecks of sea salt, just to balance the sweetness even more.
For this recipe I used blueberry juice that I got from Trader Joe’s. You can use mostly any juice, in fact the lady on the show used grape. I think cranberry would also be fantastic! And even better? Wine. But it’s hard for me to leave enough wine, for you know, cooking. So juice it is.
- 1 pear
- 1-2 cups blueberry juice- depending on size of pan/pot using- enough to just cover the pears.
- 2 Tbls blue cheese
- 1 Tbls chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Cut pears in half and core out seeds. I used an ice cream scoop. For reals.
- In a small saucepan or pot place pears cut side down and cover with juice.
- Simmer on med-low heat for approx 10 minutes, until tender (basically you can easily stab with a fork or knife)
- Remove pears from juice, turn heat to high and let juice boil.
- Allow sauce to boil approx 10 minutes until juice reduces by about half. It should thoroughly coat a spoon and become the consistency of syrup.
- Meanwhile, add blue cheese to pears and place in oven to melt cheese, 5 minutes or so
- Once out of oven, top with chopped pecans and a few flecks of sea salt.
- Drizzle with syrup