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Pomegranate Poached Pears

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From EatingWell:  Fall 2003, November/December 2011, EatingWell In Season: The Farmers' Market Cookbook (2009)

Pears are simmered in a blend of tart pomegranate juice and sweet dessert wine with gorgeous garnet-red results. The pears are served with the reduced poaching liquid and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. A striking finale to any festive meal, garnish the pears with toasted slivered almonds and a touch of tangy Greek yogurt.

4 servings | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/4 hours

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Peel pears, leaving them whole and stems intact. Slice off the bases so the pears will stand upright. Use an apple corer to remove cores, if desired, working from the base up.
  2. Place the pears on their sides in a large saucepan or small Dutch oven. Pour pomegranate juice and wine over the pears. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, 30 to 45 minutes. Turn very gently once or twice as they cook so they color evenly. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Boil the poaching liquid over high heat until the sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. To serve, spoon 1 tablespoon sauce onto each of 4 dessert plates. Place a pear upright on each plate. Drizzle remaining sauce over each pear and sprinkle pomegranate seeds around it.

Nutrition

Per serving : 303 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 6 mg Cholesterol; 53 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Protein; 7 g Fiber; 22 mg Sodium; 559 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 other carbohydrates, 1 fat

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