Some years we don’t see any pears at the Market, but 2018 has proved to be a very good year for them. We’ve gathered three simple recipes here (an appetizer, a salad, and a sandwich) so you can play with pears too.

Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

recipe from Real Simple

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 3 ounces blue cheese (or other), cut into small pieces
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or other ham, cut in half lengthwise

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss the pears and lemon juice.
  2. Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese on a piece of prosciutto and roll up. Serves 8.

Arugula and Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

adapted from a recipe by Sara Quessenberry for Real Simple

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Maplewood Farm maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon flavored vinegar of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cups arugula leaves
  • 1 pear, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) cheese, crumbled (blue or feta)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisking constantly, slowly add the oil; set aside.
  2. Arrange the arugula on individual plates and top with the pear and cheese. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Serves 4.

Pear and Bacon Grilled Cheese

adapted from a recipe by Emily McKenna for Real Simple

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite jam
  • 2 slices good bread
  • 2 slices cheese of choice
  • 2 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/4 small pear, thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Spread the jam on 1 slice of the bread and form a sandwich with the cheese, bacon, and pear.
  2. Cook the sandwich, covered, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

One of the things I really love about such simple recipes is the potential for substituting ingredients to make it your own. I love to experiment with different types of meat, cheese, mustard, jam, bread, vinegar, etc. And the Market is the perfect place to find all sorts of delicious possibilities.

Here’s to playin’ around with pears and fun fall flavors!