Seasonal Eats: Pears, 23 Ways

Pears add five-star elegance to any meal without too much effort. Here are 20 simple dishes that are sure to dress up your next dinner.

Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce

"I love fresh ginger, green onions and pears, and they all complemented this pork very well."


Pear Cake

"Yes, awesome is the perfect word to describe this wonderful moist cake! It really deserves more than a five-star rating. The caramel topping was just to die for on the cake."


Sweet Potato & Pear Soup

"Tasty and healthy. I followed the directions except for the white wine. Very different and of course, slightly sweet. Very good with crusty bread. The second bowl I added some hot sauce, YUMMY."


Pear Clafoutis

"This recipe was awesome. I did a few things differently and it just turned out great. I sliced the pears really thin instead of chopping them and probably added a few more than two pounds. It gave a really elegant look to the cake."


Chicken Pear Salad

"Outstanding salad! I used a mix of lettuce that I had in my fridge and fresh rotisserie chicken. The dressing is WONDERFUL! Even the kids ate it up."

-Krista Roes

Buttery Brie & Pear Bites

"I had these for lunch, but they would make great little cocktail nibbles — and they're so fast to make!"


Field Greens with Bacon-Wrapped Pears

"I could eat my weight in this salad. It was PERFECT with the sweetness of the roasted pears, saltiness of the bacon and Parmesan, and earthiness of the pecans and greens."


Pears in Spiced White Wine

"This can be a dessert on its own, a condiment for a cake, or just a little treat. I make much more of the white wine because it is great on its own."


Pear, Walnut & Gorgonzola Pizza

"Oooh! I love quick dinners that don't fall in the grilled cheese or cereal category! I loved the addition of the balsamic vinegar. Thanks for a bit of gourmet in a flash!"


Spiced Anjou Pear Bread

"Wonderful bread — moist, delicious and full of pears. I baked it on a cold, snowy day, and the lovely aroma wafting through our home was warm and comforting. It gets even better the day after it's made."


Broiled Apples & Pears with Rosemary

"What a delicious treat! The rosemary goes so well together with the fruit. Doesn't matter if you serve it hot or cold. It is fantastic and yet so easy and fast."


Gingersnap Pears

"I tossed a fresh pear with some apple juice, melted butter and flour before putting in a ramekin and topping with the gingersnaps and walnuts. It was delish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream."


Golden Saffron Pear Chutney

"I concocted this recipe last year when we had lots of windfall pears — and slipped a bit of saffron in for good measure! This chutney is delicious with ALL cheeses, but especially strong hard cheeses."

-French Tart

Broiled Pear & Prosciutto Toasts

"Who knew a broiled pear slice draped across hot molten cheese toast, then topped with crispy prosciutto could be so satisfying? And it's so easy to prepare."


Pear & Gruyere Omelet

"As a huge fan of pears and Gruyere, I just had to try this. It's delightful!"


Smoked Salmon Spread with Pears

"This is an awesome recipe! The pear really makes this dish."


Pear & Nut Salad

"The classic pear and blue cheese combination is hard to beat. I used both Anjou and Bartlett pears."


Grilled Pear & Prosciutto Starter

"This appetizer has an amazing combination of flavors. You can replace the mint with any herb you like."


Spiced Pears with Chocolate Mascarpone

"This special dessert is not as difficult as it seems! The mascarpone is so good, and the pears have a hint of spicy flavor."

-pattikay in L.A.

Sugar-Encrusted Pear Dumplings

"These pear dumplings have a baklava-style filling and just glisten on the plate!"


Fresh Pear Ice

"The pears give this such a sweet, distinctive taste, and the lemon adds such a nice touch!"

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Apple Pear Cobbler

"This is hands down the best cobbler I've ever made! It was easy to put together, and the aroma as it baked was mouthwatering."


Celery & Pear Bisque

"This bisque is incredible! It uses everyday ingredients but the results are impressive enough for a fancy dinner party."