Inexpensive Recipes with Pears
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Inexpensive Recipes with Pears

Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Pears are in season right now, and at their lowest price.  Try some of these inexpensive recipes that include pears as a main ingredient.  They are a treat!A fresh pear can make a nice lunchtime snack. You can make so many other recipes with a pear! Right now, pears are in season. This is the best time to buy them because you will get them at the lowest price of the year. Here are some fabulous, yet inexpensive, recipes that include pears.

Recipes with Pears

Smashed Rutabagas with Ginger-Roasted Pears
Bon Appetit has a recipe that would be lovely on a cold, Winter, day. You will need rutabagas, (peeled and cut into cubes), ginger, Anjou pears, extra-virgin olive oil, sugar, ginger, heavy whipping cream, butter, fresh thyme, and kosher salt. The recipe will make 8 to 10 servings. Rutabagas are root vegetables, and similar to turnips. This would make a alternative to mashed potatoes for dinner.

Pear and Banana Loaf
Have you ever made banana bread? If so, then you won’t have any difficulty with this recipe. You will need ripe bananas, ripe pears, eggs, milk, oil, self raising flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and bicarbonate of soda. I found this recipe on the Some More Please! blog. It is great warm or cold, and is nice with some butter for breakfast.

Almond-Chicken Pear Salad
This sounds so good! The recipe comes from the Pears USA website. It is a nice twist to the typical chicken salad that you find in sandwiches (or all by itself). You will need some chicken breasts, 2 Comice, Anjou, or Bosc USA pears, butter lettuce, toasted and slivered almonds, ginger, mustard, mayonnaise, yogurt, seasoning salt, celery and green pepper. Mix the pears into the salad, and slice up a few to have on the side.

Pear Tart Tatin
You can count on Martha Stewart to teach you how to make a rustic French dessert that includes pears. For this recipe, you will need all-purpose flour, 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 ounce package), sugar, cider vinegar, unsalted butter, and 3 firm, ripe, Anjou or Bartlett pears. You make the Pear Tart Tatin in a cast-iron or ovenproof non-stick skillet.

Celery Root and Pear Puree Recipe
Food.com has another exciting alternative to mashed potatoes. You will need 3 pounds of celery root and 2 Bosc pears, a garlic clove, and water. Season the puree with salt and pepper when it is ready. Put it in the microwave to warm the top with browned butter. This would make a good side dish at dinner.

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