- Quick Ideas
- Snacks & Appetizers
Country Breakfast Muffins Or Crumpets
Saute fresh Bartlett pear slices with precooked crumbled sausage. Arrange on toasted English muffins or crumpets. Sprinkle with cheese, heat, and serve.
Baked Breakfast Pears
Core whole fresh Bartlett pears or pear halves, leaving stems intact; drizzle with honey or maple syrup and bake until tender. Serve warm or chilled with milk or cream.
Pear-Topped Nutty Toast
Serve hot toasted wheat bread spread with peanut butter and topped with fresh Bartlett pear slices.
Pear and Nut Pizzas
Fill prebaked pizza crusts with chopped fresh Bartlett pears mixed with chopped nuts, brown sugar and nutmeg. Bake at 350 degrees F until heated through, about 15 minutes.
Ham and Pear Pockets
Layer puff pastry squares with sliced ham, Jack, Swiss, or Cheddar cheese and fresh sliced Bartlett pears. Fold over and bake according to package directions.
Add chopped ripe Bartlett pears and finely chopped cantaloupe to salsa. These flavors are especially great with seafood.
Summer Palate Cooler
Accompany spicy dishes, such as gazpacho, chili or curry, with fresh Bartlett pear wedges for quick palate cool downs.
Classy Pear Salad
Top cored Bartlett pear halves with crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts. Spoon a light vinegarette over all.
Wrap fresh Bartlett pear wedges with slices of cheese and salami or luncheon meats for a tasty treat.
Blend chopped ripe olives with mayonnaise and spread on thin wheat bread slices. Top with fresh Bartlett pear wedges and sliced chicken, turkey, or ham for a “change of pace” sandwich filling.
Slice fresh Bartlett pears into spinach salad and toss with hot bacon dressing.
Pear and Avocado Salad
Arrange fresh Bartlett pear and avocado wedges on lettuce-lined plates; mound orange segments in center and serve with light vinaigrette dressing.
Pears and Pork
Bake fresh Bartlett pear halves with ham or pork during last 15 minutes of cooking. Baste once or twice with pan drippings. Top each pear half with a sprig of parsley. Serve as accompaniment to sliced meat.
Fill center of cored fresh Bartlett pear halves with a mixture of blue cheese, cream cheese and chopped nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F until fruit is tender when pierced with a fork.
Quick Pear Cake
Top thin slices of angel food, sponge or pound cake with fresh Bartlett pear slices. Top with prepared custard or vanilla pudding. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles and mint leaves.
Carrot Cake Plus
Combine 1 cup pineapple juice with 3 tablespoons cornstarch and cook until thick. Stir in 1 cup well- drained crushed pineapple and 1 cup diced fresh Bartlett pears. Spread between layers of carrot cake and frost with cream cheese.
Pear A L’Orange
Whisk orange marmalade, fresh orange juice, vanilla and dash of balsamic vinegar together. Stir in sliced fresh Bartlett pears and let marinate at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Chill and serve over sliced pound cake.
Pear and Nut Pockets
Fill puff pastry squares with chopped or sliced fresh Bartlett pears, chopped nuts, brown sugar and nutmeg. Bake as directed on package.
Quick Pear Snacks
Cut unpeeled fresh Bartlett pears into wedges, dip one end in honey and dip in chopped toasted nuts, roasted sunflower seeds, coconut or chocolate sprinkles.
Cook whole, cored fresh Bartlett pears in light syrup, flavored with fresh mint sprigs or mint extract until tender. Chill. Serve with remaining syrup spooned over pears. Garnish with dollop of sour cream and grated chocolate or chocolate syrup and whipped cream.