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Caramelized Pears
with Parmigiano-Reggiano Wedges


The classic combination of pears and Parmigiano-Reggiano makes a rich finish to a meal. For a simpler version omit the Grand Marnier and orange zest.

  • 2 ripe but firm Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 4 small Parmigiano-Reggiano wedges

Toss the pears and sugar together gently in a bowl.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the pears and cook over medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar begins to caramelize to a light golden color. Do not let the sugar turn brown.

Add the Grand Marnier and orange zest. Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until slightly reduced.

Transfer the mixture to serving dishes and serve immediately, with the Parmigiano-Reggiano on the side. Serves 4.

by Pamela Sheldon Johns
1997, Ten Speed Press
Reprinted by permission


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