Fruity Nutty Sweet Pear
Spring is upon us and what a better time to think about healthy salads, desserts or appetizers. This fruity, nutty roasted sweet pear is the perfect warm dessert to follow a hearty meal, but you can also make this dish a topping for your favorite fresh green salad. Then again, how about making this recipe for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack? Feeling a little warm on a sunny spring day? No problem. How about serving this recipe with a scoop of ice cream or chilled yogurt?
1 medium ripe but firm Anjou pear
2 tsps toasted walnut pieces
1 tsp dried raisin
2 cashew halves
1 medium fresh strawberry, cut in half
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp crumbled feta cheese
Peel the pear and cut in half, lengthwise. Using a small paring knife or a melon baller, remove the core and seeds from each half, creating a rounded well to put in the filling. Turn each half over and slice off a small amount of the rounded center so that the pears can sit steady on a baking dish. Place both halves, core side up on a baking plan lined with aluminum foil. In a small bowl or cup, mix the sugar and the apple cider until the sugar is fully dissolved, and set aside. Place half the amount of walnuts, raisins and feta cheese in the center core of one pear half and do the same with the other half. Pour the cider over each half. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place the baking dish in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, occasionally basting the pear with the cider juice. Remove from heat and place on a serving plate. Place a cashew half and a half strawberry on each pear, adding in the remaining cider juice.