Monday, February 2, 2015

Recipe: Baked Pears Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Baked Pears Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Source:  Me (usual copyright restrictions apply)

4 peeled, halved, and cored bosc pears

4 oz of goat cheese flavored with honey (just add some honey if this isn't available)
3 T toasted pecan pieces
1/4 t salt
1 bunch chives, minced

1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 t toasted sesame oil
2 T butter
3 minced shallots
3 cardamom pods
crumbled pieces of cinnamon stick, cloves, and allspice
3 T brown sugar
1 T maple syrup
1/4 t salt
1/4 c white wine
1/2 t vanilla paste
sprinkle of apple pie spice

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the pears in a baking dish with cut sides up. Mix together the stuffing ingredients. Divide in 8 parts and place one ball in the core cavity of each pear half. Saute the shallots and spices in the oils and butter. Add the sugars and cook for a few minutes. Remove the spices and discard. Stir in the other ingredients, and drizzle over the pears. Cover the pan with foil, and cook for 30 minutes, or until tender.

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