Ripening: Red pears are no different from green pears. They will ripen when held at room temperature. Depending on level of ripeness when purchased, it may take several days before they are ready to eat. To see if they are ready to eat use the thumb test: gentle thumb pressure near the stem will yield slightly when the pear is ripe.
Storage: Store ripened pears in the refrigerator.
IDEAS: Roast Pears whole or cut in half and sprinkle with Brie Cheese & Nuts, Roast whole pears in wine and drizzle with honey, serve cold with cheese and crackers, make a dessert such as Pear Crisp, best of all eat plain!
Honey & Pear Bruschetta
Loaf of bruschetta bread
1 pear, diced
3/4 cup diced Cheddar & Colby Cheese, Sharp Cheddar or Feta cheese
1/4 cup of
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Slice bread into 1/2-3/4 inch slices and lightly butter on both sides of slices
Dice pears and cheese into dime size pieces
Chop cashews into very small pieces (almost crumbled)
Place bread slices on baking pan
Glaze top side of bread with honey
Place pan on top rack of oven and bake for 5 minutes or until bread just turn a light golden brown. Immediately remove from oven
Place a few pears and cheese on top of slices top with cashews and drizzle with a little bit of honey.
Note: This made about 10 slices. I also used Fruit Fresh to keep the pears from browning.
Recipe by Terri Henkels