Poached Pears with Cheddar Recipe
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Poached Pears with Cheddar Recipe

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This elegant hors d'oeuvre combines fruit, cheese and bread. I make it often during the Christmas season. You can experiment with different types of cheese.—Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 medium Bosc pears
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 16 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

Nutritional Facts

1/2 each: 381 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 369mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein .


  1. Core pears from the bottoms, leaving stems intact. Peel pears. Place on their sides in a large saucepan; add the cranberry juice, sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until pears are almost tender, turning once.
  2. Remove pears with a slotted spoon; set aside. Bring poaching liquid to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/3 cup.
  3. Meanwhile, brush bread with butter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Divide watercress among eight salad plates; top each with a pear half. Drizzle with poaching liquid. Place toast and cheese on plates. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Poached Pears with Cheddar in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010, p9

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