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Blue Cheese Stuffed Baked Pears

Blue Cheese Stuffed Baked Pears

Harry & David | Appetizers, Pears | American

Create this warm and welcoming dish to celebrate the season's best flavors and impress dinner guests. This elegant but easy-to-prepare recipe features mouthwatering pears and blue cheese all wrapped in sheets of phyllo dough!

Pear season is here and one of our favorite ways to enjoy this fall fruit is by filling them with blue cheese and baking them with phyllo dough. This recipe uses figs and dates, in addition to the cheese, to add sweet and savory flavors that create a delicious dessert. These baked pears are simple and easy to prepare, which makes them perfect for your next holiday get-together. Plus, once they're done baking they create an elegant, beautiful display!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Baked Pears

Prep Time: 35 minutes | Cook Time: 55 minutes | Total Time: 1 hours |
Vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 6 pears
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 14 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 pinch sugar and kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. additional granulated sugar (for baking)

For stuffing

  • 2 large black mission figs
  • 1/4 cup toasted Oregon hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dates
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp. ground clove
  • Garnish with blue cheese and fresh figs

Instructions

  1. Prepare pears in batches of three for uniform cooking in the microwave.
  2. Peel pears and add lemon juice immediately to prevent browning.
  3. Next, add sugar, coat evenly, and place in a covered bowl.
  4. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes and leave covered for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully unwrap pears and chill; meanwhile, gently mix together the fall fruits.
  6. Once the pears have cooled, stuff them with the fall fruits and freeze upright for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375F.
  8. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and lightly brush with butter.
  9. Add another sheet on top and repeat until the stack is 7 sheets thick.
  10. Sprinkle with salt and sugar. Cut the phyllo sheet length ways into 2-inch strips.
  11. Gently roll the phyllo around the pear using additional butter as necessary.
  12. On a lined sheet or pan, place 6 evenly spaced, 1/4 teaspoon mounds of the reserved granulated sugar.
  13. Place each pear onto the portioned sugar and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  14. Serve warm and garnish with blue cheese and fresh figs.
Makes: 6 pears
Serves: 6 servings