Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey

Pears surrounded by cheese is a fabulous way to have a very Italian ending to a good meal.   The roasting of the pears with balsamic vinegar sharpens the flavor.   The addition of Manchego cheese,  a mild sheep’s milk cheese, and drizzling of honey, with fresh black pepper adds dazzle to this very elegant and easy to prepare dessert.

Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey
Serves 4
Recipe from Gourmet

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 firm but ripe Bosc pears, halved lengthwise and cored
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 pound Manchego or mild fresh goat cheese, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
Freshly ground black pepper
Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Put butter in an 8-inch square baking dish and melt in oven, about 3 minutes.
Arrange pears cut sides down in one layer in dish.  Roast until tender, about 20 minutes.
Pour vinegar over pears and roast for 5 minutes more.
Transfer pears, cut sides down, to serving plates and spoon some of juices from baking dish over them.  Arrange cheese next to pears, drizzle pears and cheese with honey, and sprinkle with pepper.

53 thoughts on “Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey

  1. I have to make this dessert. It is easy and looks elegant,and of course with the addition of cheese just makes it even better I'm sure. I just recently bought a product called Balsamic Cream by Pastene. All the work is done for you as far as reducing the Balsamic. I squeeze it on strawberries and it is like chocolate sauce. You must try it.


  2. It hasn't been long when I first experienced how lovely the combination of pears and cheese. Your roasted pear looks wonderful with the manchego cheese. Very elegant too.


  3. I love roasted pears with a flavorful cheese, so this is my kind of dessert. I like the idea of using the balsamic vinegar and the honey to finish. This is such a pretty plate to serve at a dinner party;-)


  4. Your roasted pears are so elegant, and temptingly delicious. Love the recipe, and the photo, especially!I've made roasted sliced balsamic/brown sugar pear slices, to top off a nice salad, but never a whole pear. Gorgeous!Thanks for sharing!


  5. This pear dessert looks stunningly elegant and flavorful: sweet and savory mixed is always a show-stopper. Thanks for the great recipe! Love your blog, too! I notice that you have some wine (yeah!) and cocktail stories here. What drink would you recommend with this bosc pear treat?


  6. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. You are so right! This will help me develop my character's emotion for my story. I hadn't quite thought of it that way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


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