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Poached Pears with Port Wine Reduction

Poached Pears! Who doesn’t love them? Only people who haven’t had them!  It’s a very tasty, healthy dessert. It takes a bit of time, but well worth it.

For 2 servings, you’ll need:

2 pears, peeled & cored. Cut the bottom very slightly to make it flat. This will keep it level while cooking and easier to serve.

1 c dry red wine

1 c port wine

1 c apple juice

1 c balsamic vinegar

1/2 c sugar

peel of 1/2 lemon

1 t vanilla

In medium saucepan, mix all ingredients aside from the pears. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, add the pears, and cook until fork tender, about 30-40 minutes. Turn them often, and occasionally stir gently to ensure flavors are thoroughly infused. Cool in liquid for about an hour, or longer. Remove pears, keeping liquid in the same pot. Turn heat to high, and reduce liquid until it is about 1 cup, and has thickened to coat a spoon. If you want the sauce even thicker, just reduce a little longer. To plate, place pears in a shallow bowl, and spoon reduction over the pear. This is fabulous on it’s own, but if you’d like to kick it up a bit, you can serve a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, or some Greek Yogurt with a drizzle of honey and berries with a few nuts. This is also good with a very light sprinkle of Tony Legner’s Cat 5 Food Polish for those of us who like a little heat in our lives. Try it! Hope you like it!

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This entry was posted on June 19, 2012 by in dessert, vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , .
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