Poached Pears in Port Two Ways. Really, there are dozens of ways to prepare these gorgeous burgundy stained pear slices. A sweet tart for dessert, and a savory crisp for an appetizer. Above: The sweet, Port Wine Mascarpone Pear Tart
Want to feel like a fancy and talented pastry chef? Excellent. Read on!
Pears Poached in Port are brilliant in both sweet and savory courses. And Brûléed Port Poached Pears are even more brilliant!
I’m presenting ideas for an appetizer and a dessert — and the pears are the star of each one!
First, let’s make a super simple “crust” or base for our yummy sweet creation. Do you know how easy it is to make a delicious, crispy crust with a wonton wrapper?
Place one wrapper on the bottom, or as many as you need for the size of your baking dish.
Then cut more of the wrappers for the sides, using melted butter to “glue” them together. Since this one is for dessert, so I sprinkled it with a thin coating of granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Use a fork to poke a few holes in the bottom and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F until it’s golden brown, about 10 minutes.
To complete the dessert, mix Mascarpone with a small amount of granulated sugar and spread a layer about 1/4-inch thick on bottom. Then, gently fan the pear slices in a circular pattern over the Mascarpone.
Drizzle a bit of the poaching mixture on top. Done!
You can also cut the wonton wrappers into shapes to use as a base for appetizers or hors d’oeuvres. (I tried to make these a bit like a leaf.) Brush the wrappers with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper for your savory treats.
To complete this appetizer, spread a little caramelized onion on the wonton “leaf,” followed by a few crumbles of Cabrales cheese and topped with a pear slice. Drizzle with the poaching syrup. Voilà!
Not up for this? Then just serve the pears with a variety of cheeses on a platter or top vanilla bean ice cream with them!
So let’s make a big batch of the Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pears to have on hand. Invite some folks over this weekend and serve the pears however you please! Just remember to drizzle the port syrup on top!