If you prefer apples to pears, you can use those. Practically any variety of cheese or nut will work with the filling: blue cheese, cheddar, almonds, and walnuts are all suitable alternatives. The pears here bake in apple cider, but you can use apple juice or water, or even red wine should you want to add more of a kick. If the pumpkin pie is a non-negotiable, this dish would also make a fabulous accompaniment to your turkey and mashed potatoes.

Stuffed Baked Pears (Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 red pears
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup apple cider OR apple juice OR water OR red wine

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the pears in half, and using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and a small portion of the pear flesh.
  3. Combine the cheese, pecans, dates, and thyme in a small bowl. Distribute the cheese mixture evenly amongst the hollowed out pears.
  4. Transfer the pears to a small baking or casserole dish. Pour the apple cider (or liquid of your choice) over the top of the pears. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the pears are soft and the cheese mixture is lightly browned on top. Serve immediately.

Would you be willing to try this new take on a dessert recipe?

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