I love food. Food is delicious. I’m fascinated by clever people who can think up even more clever combinations. Food is good. Food is delicious. Sometimes food is also GORGEOUS.
I came across a delightful appetizer on a blog called Palachinka. The hubby and I stared at the pictures for about an hour. Drooled the whole time. We had to have them. So we did. And, yes. They were beautifully. They.were.delicious.
I tweaked the recipe a bit, I wasn’t sure I wanted to use bay leaves. Instead I wanted to play up the sweetness of the pears, so I went for sweet aromatics.
In a medium saucepan, combine the wine with 2 cps of water, the anise, split vanilla pod and peppercorns. Bring it to a boil, then lower the temperature. Meanwhile, peel the pears, but make sure to keep the stems on. Rub the pears with a bit of lemon juice as you go, that way they will not change color.
Once the poaching liquid has come to a boil, drop the pears in the pan and allowing the simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes in the liquid. Then remove and drain them.
When the pears are cool enough to handle, cut the top of each pear, about 1-1/2 inches into the pear. Set the tops aside. If you have an apple corer, use it to remove the seed pods. I don’t have one, so I used a small paring knife to cut around it, then scooped it out with a small fork.
Fill the holes with crumbled cheese. I found a delicious Italian Bleu, it was slightly brinier than the usual Bleu, almost like a cross between a Bleu and Feta cheese. Don’t overstuff the pears, but do be generous. Replace the tops on each pear and secure them with a toothpick. If the pears aren’t stable, trim a bit of the bottom to make sure they stand on their own.
Preheat oven to 400°. Stretch the bacon out on a cutting board, particularly if you’re using thick-cut bacon. This way you can thin it out and make it more pliable. Now wrap each pear with 1 or 2 slices of bacon, depending on the size of the pear and the length of the bacon. I only needed 1 slice per fruit. Again, use a toothpick to secure the bacon to the pear.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and the place wrapped pears on it. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and let them sit for a bit, but do serve them warm.
How pretty is that?! Did I mention delicious too?