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Minted Pears

 Minted Pears
My grandmother would use food coloring to make red and green pears only at Christmastime, and I enjoy carrying on her tradition. When I prepare this for a salad, I fill the centers with fresh fruit, fruit cocktail or cottage cheese. As a dessert, there are more options...a dab of whipping cream with a cherry on top, a drizzle of chocolate on top of the whipped cream or a scoop of sherbet
2-3 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 medium ripe pears
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Directions

  • Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise; remove cores. In a large
  • skillet, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; add food
  • coloring and extract. Carefully place pears in syrup. Simmer,
  • uncovered, for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Place pears in a deep bowl; pour syrup over pears. Make sure pears
  • are completely covered in the syrup to prevent browning. Refrigerate
  • for at least 1 hour or until serving. Garnish with fresh mint.
  • Yield: 2-3 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 357 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 92 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 1 g protein.