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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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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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