Nothing com-pears, nothing com-pears, to you. Are you singing yet? Prince said it first, but this fall we’re saying it again. With apples and pumpkins in the limelight this time of year, it’s easy to forget about pears. But don’t.
There are many different types of pears – from Asian, to Bartlett, to Comice. But Bartlett pears are most commonly found at the grocery store and are light green/yellow in color (their colour changes as they ripen). They’re slightly sweet and extremely juicy – and “pear-shaped” in every sense of the description.
We hope these three recipes will get your excited to incorporate pears into your menu this fall. Set aside the apples and the pumpkin puree for a day and prepear to fall in love with one of our favourite seasonal ingredients.
While there’s nothing wrong (nothing at all) with a classic grilled cheese sandwich, you can easily upgrade your go-to recipe with pears and preserves. Pile pear slices, brie, and red onions on two pieces of bread slathered with a flavourful mixture of apricot preserves, mustard, and thyme. Cook in the Hamilton Beach® panini press for about 3 minutes and you’ve got a sandwich that your standard cheese-on-white-bread just doesn’t com-pear with.
In a small bowl, combine preserves, mustard and thyme. Spread 1 tablespoon apricot mixture on plain-side of 2 bread slices. Arrange 2 slices each of brie, pear and onions on top of apricot mixture. Top with remaining 2 slices bread, butter-side up.
Place sandwich on panini maker and close lid. Cook about 3 minutes or until bread is golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately.