Pears begin appearing in farmer's markets right at the start of fall, and their subtle, sweet flavor is perfect for anything from appetizers to cocktails.
Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini
Recipe: Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini
Prepare elegant appetizers perfect for a sophisticated dinner party or soiree. This delicious crostini has grilled pear wedges sprinkled with pecans and rosemary. Drizzle on honey for a sweet finish to a beautiful appetizer.
Recipe: Buttermilk-Pear Pancakes
You always want a morning meal on a Saturday or Sunday to taste special, but this flavorful, low-fat dish makes the end of the week more than memorable. It jump-starts the day in a healthful way.
Grilled Pear Salad
Recipe: Grilled Pear Salad
Tender greens and a bold dressing pair the best of summer with the first crisp taste of fall.
Recipe: Pear-Cranberry Compote
The original recipe, which calls for canned cranberry sauce and fresh oranges, inspired us to try cranberry-orange sauce to shorten preparation time.
Sauteed Brown Sugar Pears
Recipe: Sauteed Brown Sugar Pears
This simple dessert works on your most hectic day, yet is still fancy enough for company.
Baked Pears With Oatmeal Streusel Topping
Indulge in the lighter side of comfort food with this casual brunch dish.
Red Pepper-and-Pear Soup
Recipe: Red Pepper-and-Pear Soup
This vibrant soup is a tangy blend of red bell peppers, carrots, shallots, and pears. It received rave reviews at our taste-testing table.
Raspberry-Almond Pear Tart
Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Pear Tart
Vanilla wafer crumbs and almonds add flavor and texture to this raspberry and pear tart.
Pork Loin Chops With Pear-and-Vidalia Pan Gravy
This easy-to-prepare dish has an impressive flavor combination of savory onions and sweet pears - perfect for any weeknight meal or for when you're entertaining company.
Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear
Top Bartlett pear slices with baked pancetta, crumbled goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey for an easy, salty-sweet appetizer recipe that tastes delicious and looks gorgeous.
Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions
A sweet-and-spicy fruit mixture fills this juicy pork loin, and pear preserves make a delectable glaze. You won't even need a centerpiece if this is on the menu.
Apple-Pear Salad With Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing
This salad has the perfect blend of fruit with the apples, pears, and dried cranberries. The salty cashews also balance out the sweetness. Top with grilled chicken and turn this salad into a main course.
Roquefort Cheesecake with Pear Preserves and Pecans
This herb-and-walnut cheese spread is ideal for large gatherings. Pear preserves balance the tanginess of the Roquefort cheese, and toasted pecans and walnuts add nutty flavor.
Recipe: Pear-Basil Sipper
You can't beat the refreshing combination of muddled fresh basil and sweet pear-flavored vodka and nectar. Great for holiday entertaining or even a summertime libation.
Apple-Pear Salad with Maple-Pecan Bacon
Pecans add crunch and a hint of nutty flavor to this delicious fall salad. Maple bacon, fresh fruit, and Gorgonzola cheese up the ante in flavor, and a Cranberry Vinaigrette makes it even more delicious!
Recipe: Pear Dumplings
A fresh ginger-and-citrus syrup adds the finishing touch to these pastry-wrapped pear dumplings.
Rosemary, Pear, and Asiago Scones
A buttery-rich scone is nothing more than a glorified biscuit - made more delicious with this sweet and savory twist.
Caramelized Pear Cannoli with Praline Sauce
Grilled Pizza With Steak, Pear, and Arugula
Planning on having friends over? Impress them with a hearty steak pizza. The recipe serves four, so double it to serve six to eight. Most grills can handle two (12 inch) pizzas at a time.
Sparkling Pear-Brandy Cider
Recipe: Sparkling Pear-Brandy Cider
Enchant your guests with chilled, bubbly cider. Pear nectar and honey add fresh-tasting sweetness that will guarantee an empty punch bowl.