When your best-laid plans go awry, there’s a British expression — “gone pear shaped” — that applies. But what applies when your plans go “a-ripe”? I’ll happily have things go pear shaped if you’re talking about organic Bartlett pears! Sweet and juicy with a uniquely toothsome texture, these pears are delicious either raw or cooked and pair naturally with roasted meats, root vegetables, whole grains and cheese. You know what makes organic pears even better? Knowing that choosing organic produce helps support farmers who believe in growing without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides. It’s a win-win for everyone, from the farm worker to the farm to your family — and future generations too. If you love pears, we’ve got plenty of tips and recipes for you to try pairing juicy organic Bartlett pears with some new flavors:
- When roasting a chicken, add some quartered pears to the roasting pan. Or try these recipes for Baked Maple Chicken with Wild Rice and Bartlett Pear Pilaf and Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears and Blue Cheese.
- Pears definitely have what it takes to make tasty cakes, try using slices of pear to decorate the bottom (or is it top?) of this Pear and Walnut Upside Down Cake or add chopped pears for bursts of flavor in this recipe for an All-Natural Pear Bundt Cake.
- Mix diced ripe pears with whole grains like wheat berry or bulgur, for sides and salads. Try quinoa, like this recipe for Quinoa with Watercress, Pears and Pomegranate.
- Pears lend themselves naturally to elegant, simple desserts like Ricotta with Raw Honey and Pears, Ginger and Jasmine Tea-Poached Pears or Gingered Pears with Port Glaze and Mascarpone.
- Pork and pears make a great (you guessed it!) pair. Try Pork Chops with Cranberry-Pear Chutney or Tangy Grilled Pork Chops with Pears and Blue Cheese for a flavor-filled dinner.
- Try this Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Vanilla alongside turkey this year for a unique twist on holiday flavors.
- A perfect brunch dish combines a fluffy pancake with pears on top in this recipe for a Whole Wheat German Pancake with Pears.
- Pears step up interest in sandwiches and salads. Add slices to smoked turkey sandwiches and salads with blue cheese crumbles and walnuts. Pears go particularly well on top of bitter salad greens, like arugula, radicchio, watercress, dandelion greens and frisée.
- For an easy and elegant appetizer, top whole grain crackers with sliced ripe pears and your favorite full-flavored cheese.
- Shred firm, not-quite-ripe pears with carrot and daikon radish. Toss with mirin, cilantro and sriracha for a sweet-and-spicy slaw – a refreshing addition to picnic-ready cold noodle dishes or pasta salads and sandwiches.