Roasted Pears in Balsamic Vinegar with Goat Cheese and Black Pepper

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Author Notes: This has become a favorite dessert recipe of mine. Although, you can fit this recipe in many categories. Simple preparation of superior ingredients. The roasted pears mix with balsamic vinegar and honey to carmalize in your mouth. To top it off, a bite with goat cheese and fresh cracked black pepper. No one can eat just one! - ashley_samuel_piersonashleychasesdinner

Food52 Review: This dessert is really crazy good, and as simple as can be. A few minutes of prep, then pop it in the oven and wait 30 minutes (which is a perfect break between dinner and dessert). Then you have just a few more minutes of finishing touches before digging into a soft roasted pear in a butter balsamic glaze, its sweetness mirrored in the honey and contrasted by the salty bite of the goat cheese, plus the great little hint of black pepper heat. The only thing I might add is just a bit of crunch, perhaps a toasted nut or a cookie of some sort. Try this once and it will become an autumn go-to in the months and years to come! - aargersiaargersi

Serves 8

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 Bosc pears, halved lengthwise and cored
  • 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 pound fresh goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put butter in a 9x13 baking dish and melt in oven for 2 minutes.
  3. Arrange pears cut side down, single layered. Roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour vinegar over pears and roast for 7 minutes more.
  5. Transfer pears to serving dish, cut side up. Spoon juices over pears from baking dish. Arrange cheese on and around pears.
  6. Drizzle pears and cheese with honey. Grind fresh black pepper over the top of pears and cheese.
  7. Note: I used crumbled goat cheese. If using pieces of goat cheese, arrange over the pears. You may cut 8 pieces prior to assembly.
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9 days ago Brenny

Has anyone tried this recipe with red pears? I can't find ripe (or willing to ripen) Bosc pears.
Thanks.

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11 months ago Ziggy

This recipe is adapted from the Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl, (c) 2004. It would have been a nice gesture to acknowledge the source.

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11 months ago ashleychasesdinner

Really Ziggy? You become a member yesterday just to make a hateful post? Actually this was served at a local restaurant in my town. My friend owns the restaurant, so maybe she was inspired by Ruth. Since you're new here, you might want to tone it down. You don't know me!

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over 2 years ago Bella Luna

Yum, such a lovely contrast of flavors (and I'm sure the entire house smells warm and wonderful while roasting, too). I've saved this dessert for one night this week, I have all the ingredients on hand. Question for you, please - my son cannot eat honey; do you thing agave is a good substitute? If not, what do you recommend? Thanks!

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almost 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hi EllnMllr, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!! Have a wonderful holiday!

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almost 3 years ago EllnMllr

Wow. Made this tonight to see if it was good enough for a New Years Eve dessert. It was ah...mazing. So easy. So delicious.

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almost 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hi EllnMllr! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It is simple and delicious. Have a wonderful holiday!

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about 3 years ago jessicad

Made this last night and it was excellent. The shop only had ash-rolled goat's cheese which added an extra aesthetic dimension! Served it with vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries.

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almost 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hi Jessicad, glad you enjoyed! The ash- rolled goats' cheese sounds very interesting. Love the ice cream and strawberry addition!

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about 3 years ago lilbigs2001

I just made this today. It was AMAZING!!!!! I'm studying abroad in London, really far away from home, and this made me feel like I was back with my family in Minnesota. I'm going to make it for them when I get back as part of a three-course pre-Christmas dinner. Thank you so much for sharing this! :)

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hello Joe! Glad this recipe could bring you a taste of home while your away! Enjoy your time in London:)

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

ChezSuzanne- I subsribed to your beautiful blog! I am loving it! I am carving out time to read more tomorrow. What a great job you did! I subscribed as well:) I hope you and your hubbie like the pears!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Thanks so much, I really appreciate your comments!!! Can't wait to make these pears :-)

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about 3 years ago deanna1001

Mmmmmm. I have a pile of pears in the fridge...I'm seeing tomorrow's dessert...thanks for this recipe. Looks great.

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Enjoy deanna1001! Let me know how you like it!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks so good! And I just happen to have a bunch of pears in the fridge!! Love the addition of the ground pepper!

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Sounds like your good to go ChezSuzanne! Let me know what you think if you end up making the pears!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I'm so glad I saw these again on your blog - it reminded me to make them. I'm thinking this weekend when my husband gets back home!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Can't wait to try this! Especially love the black pepper to contrast the pears.

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks gingerroot! If you try it, let me know what yoo think!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

yum, ashley!

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks drbabs!!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

I love your photo. This sounds terrific.

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thank you for the compliment Bevi!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Mouthwatering good!!!!

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks lapadia! I agree with you, they certainly are!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds seriously good!

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks hardlikearmour! Let me know what you think if you get a chance to make it!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay! Glad you entered this it sounds so good!

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks sdebrango!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Ohhh, I love this! Starter perhaps for me.

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about 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks sexyLAMBCHOPx!