“LBD” stands for “Little Black Dress,” a moniker I’ve granted this recipe since it’s wildly versatile and a new staple in my recipe wardrobe. I kid you not, these pears can be worked into breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert and with a few glugs of brandy (or maybe fresh herbs, or a wee bit of lemon zest….get creative!) you can transform it to fit any occasion.
The recipe happened because our local grocery (The Gourmet Garage) was having a super-sale on heirloom pears. And guess what? I’m a sucker for a bargain. Eight pounds of red and yellow Bartlett, green Anjou, Comice and Forelle pears later, I found myself standing in the kitchen with Will staring at me like I’d lost my marbles.
“Honey, what are you going to do with all of these pears?” I didn’t have an answer. And in retrospect, I do not recommend purchasing 8 pounds of any kind of produce for recreational use. In the end, however, I managed to use each and every one. Here’s how the Great Pear Conundrum played out:
DAY 1: I piled them prettily in various bowls and set the Cezanne-worthy arrangements on every tabletop we’ve got to give our apartment an oh-so heirloom vibe.
DAY 2: We sliced pears for ham, pear and brie grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. It was like a magic trick.
DAY 2 to DAY 5: I toted a pear-a-day to work for breakfast and ate a pear-a-night for dessert.
DAY 5: The pears are running out of time. I cored and cut what remained made a big batch of what turns out to be the most versatile recipe EVER. Hello, Almond Roasted Pears!
Now, when I said versatile, I meant it. These puppies can garnish pancakes, top waffles, be swirled into yogurt, or stuffed into french toast. Tender and nutty, these pears are perfect tucked into a turkey sandwich, served over pork tenderloin, or tossed into a green salad.
I’m not done yet! Use them as pie filling, or right when they emerge from the oven, spoon the warm, gooey slices over a bowlful of vanilla ice cream for a roasted pear sundae.
Almond Roasted Pears
Makes about 2-3 cups of roasted pears
- 2-3 whole pears, cored and sliced
- 1 tablespoon of melted butter
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Make sure everything is evenly mixed together.
Pour the entire mixture onto a sheet tray.
Roast for 15-20 minutes or until the pears are softened to your liking. Serve one out of a million different ways.