Pears are a fruit which people love to eat out of hand, in salads and even in ravioli with walnuts and gorgonzola! However, other than pears poached in port, they do not tend to end up being cooked too often, much less on the grill. It is a shame, since like most fruits they are transformed into something truly amazing when grilled.
They do not require too much in the way of preparation – in this grilled pear recipe, a simple glaze of brown sugar and lemon is added before grilling, and this simple glaze is ideal to bring out their flavor and texture, enhanced by the grill. An accompaniment of mint-spiked yogurt, shredded coconut, and sultanas is perfect with the warm pears. These grilled pears are certain to impress at your next cookout or dinner party.
So if you have never tried grilled pears, you are in for a real treat. This recipe calls for Bartlett pears, also known as Williams pears. This is the most common variety grown in the US and Canada. This fruit has a bell shape and the green skin becomes yellow when the skin gets ripe. There is another red-skinned variety though. The Bartlett pear is a summer pear because it does not tolerate the cold very well. Bartlett pears can be poached or baked, as well as canned, because they hold their shape well when cooked. Brown sugar and lemon juice combine to make the glaze you are going to put on to the pears. You could use white sugar instead but the brown sugar offers a rich, earthy flavor which complements the dish.
Fresh mint and yogurt combine next and then the pears can be barbequed until they are done. Serve them with the mint yogurt, and some sultanas and shaved coconut and you will have the most amazing dish. Pears can be served in savory dishes. They complement salads, meats and more. They can also be poached in red wine and served alongside beef or game meat. Since they are a sweet fruit though, they also feature in many dessert recipes. This barbequed pear recipe can be served as a dessert or even as an unusual appetizer. Something else you can do is serve them with a curry, since fruit goes with curry, and the minty yogurt is also a typical Indian side dish. Furthermore, sultanas and coconut are nice with curry too, so this would make a fantastic side dish for an Indian meal.
This is a very simple dish to make but the flavor is spectacular, so you might like to bookmark this one. Once you have made it once you will certainly want to make it again and again. Feel free to make changes like swapping the lemon juice for lime juice or adding a pinch of cayenne to the recipe to bring out the sweet and juicy appeal of the pear. No matter how you serve this or what you serve it with, you will definitely fall in love with the magnificent flavor it offers.
- 2 Bartlett pears
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 lemon
- For the Glaze:
- 8 oz Plain yogurt (whole milk, low fat, nonfat, or Greek style all work)
- 2 tsp chopped fresh or dried mint
- 4 tsp sultanas
- 2 tsp shredded coconut
- While the grill heats, mix the brown sugar and the juice of your lemon into a small bowl.
- Slice the pears into thick slices, about 4 per pear.
- You can simply eat the rounded end pieces, since these will not grill evenly - you could also reserve them to use as a garnish.
- Brush your glaze on the pear slices.
- The lemon juice in your glaze will prevent oxidation and the pears will grill quickly, so now is a good time to prepare your yogurt.
- Finely chop your mint (if using fresh mint) and mix well into the yogurt. If you are using dried mint, this can be done after the pears are finished grilling.
- Grill the pears for about 3-4 minutes per side (turn carefully, since they will be soft).
- You should see grill marks and some caramelization on the pears when they are ready. Bring inside and serve with a dollop of mint yogurt topped with shaved coconut and sultanas on the side - and prepare for compliments!
Grilled pears offer a rich flavor which you will love. This recipe combines brown sugar and lemon juice to make the most delicious and tangy glaze. You can see the grill marks on the pears in this photo, and that of course is one of the rewards of choosing to grill the pears rather than use another cooking method. Barbequing brings out the natural sweetness of the pears and of course they are a very healthy fruit, so if you want something sweet and indulgent yet offering vitamins and minerals, choose pears and you will be glad you did.
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