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Grilled Pears with Mascarpone Cheese

For a light dessert after a big barbecue, we stuff pears with mascarpone cheese and gingersnap cookies. Add a drizzle of caramel sauce for a sweet touch. —Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 ripe medium pears, halved and cored
  • Hot caramel ice cream topping, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine mascarpone, 3/4 cup crushed cookies and lemon zest; refrigerate until serving. Place pears, cut side down, on a greased grill rack. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-7 minutes or until pears are tender and begin to caramelize. Cool slightly.
  • Spoon cheese mixture over pears. Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies. If desired, drizzle with caramel topping.

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