Bosc pears are strong-flavored and hold their shape when cooked, making them well suited for this savory side dish. It's a terrific accompaniment for a glazed ham or grilled sausage or most any roasted meat or poultry.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a large bowl three-quarters full with water; add a handful of ice cubes. Cut onion into 16 wedges, place in a strainer and lower into the water. Let stand for 20 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Halve and core each pear; cut each half into 6 slices. Drain the onion wedges well and place them in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish along with the pear slices, 1 tablespoon oil, thyme, salt and a grinding of pepper; toss to combine. Cover with foil.

  • Roast for 30 minutes, stirring twice.

  • Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a small bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil; stir to combine. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the gratin, return to the oven and roast until the breadcrumbs are well browned, 20 to 30 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Note: We like to use the Ian's brand of coarse dry breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets.

To make your own breadcrumbs:Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/3 cup. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry and crispy, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 28.5g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 11.5g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 2.9mg; vitamin a iu 69.3IU; vitamin c 8.3mg; folate 39.2mcg; calcium 75.3mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 19.1mg; potassium 216.2mg; sodium 234.8mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 1g.

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Veggie Hit This was a fabulous dish. I served with along side a vegan lentil and walnut loaf some steamed carrots and sauteed squash peppers and onions. Eventhough it was a side dish it stole the show. Pros: Easy Tasty!!!!! Unique Complex Impressive Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My entire family (emphatically the guys did) voted this a KEEPER when it adorned our Thanksgiving table last year. Even the one-year-old twins loved it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Surprisingly tasty savoury dish I was skeptical of this recipe but have a lot of red onions to use up. It was very tasty and a big hit - served 6. I served it with a roast pork and asparagus. It cooked down and didn't fill the pan as much as I hoped so next time I might double if feeding a bigger crowd. A tasty addition would be just a touch of a blue or Gorgonzola cheese. Pros: Easy few ingredients Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Something different and really tasty I followed the recipe exactly in making this dish and it was really wonderful. Light flavorful and something different. It paired very well with pork chops and was a nice change from typical vegetable dishes. I threw together a green salad to go with it and we all left the table satisfied. Pros: Easy fresh unusual Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Pear & Onion: gluten-free options? Sounds great but I don't want gluten: any suggestions? I have tried gf bread crumbs in other recipes usually does not work well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have served this many times always to positive comments. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Recipies like these are nutritious and as a person who is not crazy about fruit it's the best way to incorporate fruit into my diet. Great idea! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very Delicious I made this dish and it was very good I pigged out on it. The cheese in the beadcrumbs really is good mine turned out a little spicey because I used lots of black pepper and probably more fresh thyme than 1 Tbsp. I found it a little touchy to turn over while baking as well as tossing with only 1 Tbsp of oil initially. I added a little more oil initially and turned it over after 30 mins. of baking only once before I added the breadcrumbs. Cons: not understand why the onion had to be soaked Read More