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Pressure-Cooker Tequila Poached Pears


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (11.3 ounces) pear nectar
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 whole Anjou pears, peeled
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional
  • Fresh mint leaves


  • 1. Select saute setting on a 6-qt. pressure cooker and adjust for low heat. Add the first 8 ingredients; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Press cancel. Add pears. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 3 minutes. Quick-release pressure. Remove pears and keep warm. Press cancel.
  • 2. Reserve 3 cups cooking juices; discard remaining juices and cinnamon stick. Return reserved juices to pressure cooker. Select saute setting and adjust for medium heat. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Halve pears lengthwise and core. Serve with sauce, whipped cream if desired, and mint leaves.

Nutrition Facts

1 pear with 2 tablespoons sauce: 155 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 6g fiber), 1g protein.


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