The season’s newcomers, apples and pears, take turns in six recipes that are all over the map, from sweet to savory, breakfast to dessert. Recipes below.
Fall is officially here. So are apples and pears, in abundant variety. And while both are delicious to eat out of hand, they’re even more fun to cook with. Here are half a dozen Blue Kitchen recipes to help you make the most of the new arrivals at the farmers markets and produce departments.
1. Ricotta Pancakes with Sautéed Pears
Beaten egg whites give Marion’s ricotta pancakes pictured above a light, creamy finish. Here, they’re topped with quickly sautéed fresh pears, making a lovely weekend breakfast. You’ll find the recipe, along with other topping suggestions, here.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple & Arugula
In this grilled cheese sandwich, extra sharp cheddar gets a flavor boost from tart Russet apples and peppery arugula. You’ll find the sandwich recipe (and one for the accompanying Lentil Soup with Cumin and Cilantro) right here.
3. Pear Blue Cheese Bacon Pizza
Bacon? Pizza? Blue Cheese? Pears? What’s not to like? With this pizza, the answer is “nothing.” Weeknight quick, it mixes sweet and savory beautifully. Here’s the recipe.
4. Braised Pork Roast with Five-Spice Rub and Apple/Onion Compote
When fall starts to get more serious—as early as next month in some parts—nice, slow oven braises that warm the kitchen and fill the house with delicious aromas are especially welcome. Here, a Chinese five-spice powder-flavored pork roast is braised on a bed of apples, onions and apple cider until falling apart tender.
5. Frangipane Pear and Cherry Cake
Pears and cherries team up with almond-based frangipane in a flavorful cake that gets even better the second day. (Of course, when Marion makes it, having any left the second day is a challenge.) The sweetness of the pears is cut with the tartness of the cherries, and a delicate almond flavor permeates everything. Here’s the recipe.
6. Sautéed Pears with Thyme and Ice Cream
Okay, pears seem to have won in this post. Here’s another dessert, fresh, decadent and ridiculously easy. Pear slices are sautéed with butter and fresh thyme, then topped with ice cream and lemon zest. Done. You’ll find the recipe here.