Mild and sweet with flavors that range from subtly citrusy to floral, juicy pears add a bright burst of sweetness to all kinds of sweet and savory fall dishes. From roast lamb and ravioli to tarte tatin and pie, we've rounded up our favorite pear recipes.
Pears are great for adding a touch of sweetness to savory dishes. Try serving beer-braised pork belly on a bed of arugula with caramelized pears. In our pear-marinated roast leg of lamb the fruit does double duty. Not only does it add flavor, but the enzymes in the pears actually tenderize the meat.
When it comes to dessert, we love simply poaching pears. Try poaching the fruit in a mixture of fernet, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla bean and then reducing the liquid into a thick sauce. For a warming fall pie, combine pears with spicy ginger and top with a grumbly streusel.
Sweet pears are wonderful in cocktails. Our spiced pear collins mixes homemade pear puree and rosemary-clove simple syrup with gin and lemon juice, with a splash of sparkling wine adding effervescence. The Coup DeVille is made with pear-infused vodka, pear liqueur, honey, lemon juice, and prosecco.
Find all of these dishes, drinks, and more in our collection of pear recipes.
Nothing says love like homemade pasta. Lidia Bastianich’s recipe mixes tender, sweet Bartlett pears with sharp pecorino and creamy mascarpone to make a rich filling for ravioli.
Fresh ginger gives the filling of this pear pie a warming kick of spice, balanced by the buttery crumble of sweet streusel.
Pear and quince are a match made in heaven; both are sweet, flavorful, and perfectly complimented by vanilla.
To make this cocktail from bartender Keith Nelson of Manhattan’s Arlington Club, purchase pear-infused vodka or make your own by letting sliced ripe pears sit in vodka for at least two weeks.
The classic gin and tonic gets a seasonal twist from a splash of pear and allspice liqueurs.
Muddled pear adds a burst of fresh fall flavor to a sweet-tart cocktail.
This elegant pie from Drummond Ranch pie party contestant Gretchen Pierce features a filling of fresh pears drizzled with cream and sprinkled with sugar and flour.
Developed by cookbook author Karen Solomon, this tangy, piquant Asian pear pickle tastes great on its own, on a chicken sandwich, in an arugula salad, or paired with blue cheese. If you can’t find Asian pears, any kind of pear can be subbed in here; just look for specimens that are on the small side and rather firm. Get the recipe for Pickled Asian Pears with Lemon »