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Braised pears a ‘delectable side dish’


Braised Pears With Soy-Ginger Glaze combines pears with soy sauce, ginger root, a touch of cayenne, and a splash of rice vinegar for a delectable side dish.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Braised Pears With Soy-Ginger Glaze combines pears with soy sauce, ginger root, a touch of cayenne, and a splash of rice vinegar for a delectable side dish. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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Typically, poached or braised pears are served for dessert, says cookbook author Diane Morgan, who is based in Portland.

However, she developed this recipe, combining pears with soy sauce, ginger root, a touch of cayenne, and a splash of rice vinegar, for what she describes as “the most delectable side dish you’ve ever tasted.”

“Forget the usual meat and potato combo — serve these braised pears with grilled pork tenderloin or chicken,” she says. Or use your own taste and imagination to guide you to other great pairings.

Braised Pears with Soy-Ginger Glaze

Recipe developed for Associated Press by Diane Morgan, courtesy Pear Bureau Northwest

4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 firm but ripe Bosc pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored

2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar.

In a 10-inch sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the soy sauce, ginger, sugar and cayenne pepper. Stir until the sugar is melted and the ingredients are well combined; then reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the pears, cut side down, and simmer, basting frequently, until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the pears to a microwave-safe serving dish.

Bring the liquid in the pan back to a slow boil and add the vinegar. Simmer the sauce until it is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the pears and serve immediately or set aside until ready to serve. Reheat in the microwave just before serving.

Cook’s note: The dish can be made 1 to 2 days before serving. Refrigerate in a covered container. Serve with grilled pork tenderloin, chops, or roast or grilled chicken.

Yield: 4 servings

Approximate nutrition per serving: 287.9 calories, 12 grams fat (7 grams saturated, 36 percent fat calories), 47.9 grams carbohydrate, 31 milligrams cholesterol, 3.4 grams dietary fiber, 687 milligrams sodium.

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