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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday Recipe - Spiced Cranberry Pears

I have pears in both fridges and pears on the counters. They are delicious, but I have way more than we can eat fresh. So I've been playing with recipes. I'm thinking of serving this one alongside the turkey for Thanksgiving. It was that tasty. And that easy.

Spiced Cranberry Pears

8 large ripe pears
1 12 oz can cranberry jelly, whole berry or not, your choice
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cardamom

Slice pears into fourths. Remove stem and core. Cut the rest of the pear into chunks. Don't bother peeling them, it adds to the rustic flavor of the dish and adds to the fiber content. Place in a 9x12 baking dish or a 2 qt casserole dish. Meanwhile, melt jelly in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in spices. Beat until they are well mixed and the cranberry jelly has smoothed out into a sauce. Add a couple tablespoons of water if needed. Pour the sauce over the pears. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, until pears are soft.

Serve warm or cold, as a dessert or waffle topping or as a side dish for pork or turkey or even chicken.