Here’s the scenario… It’s a Wednesday night, you’re on your way home from work and you get a phone call. Someone that you really, REALLY want to impress will be at your house in 1 hour. Maybe it’s your in-laws, maybe it’s that cute guy you went on a date with last week and have been crushing on. And of course, you won’t tell this person “no” even though you had a rough day at work and just want to go home, throw on some pajamas and watch the newest episode of the Bachelor with a glass of wine. But sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. But what the heck are you going to cook to impress them? Enter these baked pears. Swing by the grocery store and pick up pears, honey, and Gorgonzola cheese (the thyme and walnuts are great, but can be omitted if you’re REALLY pressed for time), stick them in the oven and I PROMISE you, your in-laws will be impressed and that cute guy will definitely want another date. So easy, so fast, SO delicious.
3 ripe pears, Concorde work well
6 tbsp local honey
2 tbsp dried thyme
6 tsp Gorgonzola cheese
6 tsp chopped walnuts
salt and pepper, to taste
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the pears in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Place the pears, cut side up, in the casserole dish and drizzle each one with a good amount of honey. Sprinkle the dried thyme on the pears and put them in the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
Carefully remove them from the oven and let them cool until they are just a little warm. Crumble a teaspoon of the Gorgonzola cheese over each pair, then garnish with the chopped walnuts and another drizzle of honey. Season with a little bit of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Either eat them at room temperature, cold from the fridge, or hot and melty. Enjoy!