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Finish Your Meal with Grilled Pears

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:22

Taste Washington Travel came across this recipe for grilled pears at the website of Washington Grown (www.wagrown.com).

It looked delicious to us* and, while there’s still a month or two of barbecuing (grilling) season left, we thought we’d share it with you.

*(Your editor once held both state and federal licenses as a pear inspector (Really. No kidding!) and worked alongside a fellow who had enjoyed a career as a chef in prior years. During lulls in the workday they kept boredom at bay by coming up with creative ways to use pears in their own kitchens.)



- Pears (1/2 a pear per person) - almost any variety will do. Selecting the correct "ripeness" is key. Firm and just barely ripe is perfect. Overripe pears will not hold up over the heat.

- Good Vanilla Ice Cream

- Cinnamon

- Olive, Canola, Grapeseed Oil or clarified butter



1. Pre-heat grill to medium high heat

2. Cut pears in half and remove stem as well as seeds with a melon baller. The hollow will be perfect for your ice-cream filling

3. Oil pears very well to prevent sticking

4. Place pears cut side down on the hot grill for 4-5 minutes - the idea is to sear quickly and cook throughout as quickly as possible

5. Use a spatula to remove the pears

6. Fill each pear with a scoop of ice cream

7. Dust with cinnamon and serve immediately


Editor’s note:  Of course, on their own these grilled pears will suffice as a final course. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you might try pairing your pears with an off-dry Washington Gewürztraminer.

Last modified on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:42


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