Pears filled with ricotta, goat cheese cheese and nuts

February 16, 2013
Pears filled with ricotta, goat cheese cheese and nuts


Author Notes: I love the combination of pear, goat cheese and ricottaMarieGlobetrotter

Makes: 4 pears

Ingredients

  • 4 pears
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 160 milliliters water
  • 1 cup mixed walnuts or hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons soft ricotta cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons soft goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Pour the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Peel the pears, carefully take out the center with a peeler but do not remove the bottom of the pear. Plunge each pear in the saucepan. Lower the heat to a simmer. Cook one side of the pears for 5 min, then turn over and to cook the other side. To prevent the un-submerged sides of the pears to brown, you can cover the saucepan with wax paper. To check if the pears are cooked, prick the fruit with the tip of a knife. It should go through rather easily. Once the pears are cooked, let cool completely then place on a paper towel to remove the surplus of juice.
  3. While the pears cook, ground the walnuts with a knife (do not use a blender)
  4. In a bowl, whisk together, ricotta, goat cheese, honey, 1-2 tsp of ground walnuts and thyme leaves. Season to taste.
  5. With a small spoon, fill the inside of each pear with the cheese spread
  6. Roll the pears in the ground walnuts. Option: you can bake the pears for a few minutes in the oven but make sure the nuts don't burn
  7. Serve with a small side salad. Slice the pear in two and enjoy!

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