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Poached Pears with Honey, Ginger and Star Anise

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Looking for the perfect side dishes to have with your corned beef, cabbage and hash this St. Patty’s Day? Try out these delicious recipes that feature our famous pears.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cup dessert wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 to 5 whole star anise
  • 3 half-inch slices of ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 to 6 peeled Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears

Instructions: 

  • Combine honey, wine, water, lemon juice, star anise, ginger and salt in a medium/large heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring occasionally.
  • Add pears; reduce heat and simmer until tender, 5-10 minutes, depending on ripeness.
  • Remove pears from the liquid and cool.
  • Continue to cook the liquid until it is reduced to about 1 cup, about 20-25 minutes. Cool to room temperature and remove ginger and star anise.

Notes:

Recipe can be made ahead of time. Pears can be stored in cooled sauce. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Serve within one to two days. Place each pear in a bowl and top with sauce. Serve warm or chilled. Serving suggestions: Ice cream, crème fraiche, mascarpone cheese, whipped cream or ricotta cheese.
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Keyword: pears
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