My favorite holiday appetizer is a delicious warm, sweet and decadent dish of melted pears, butter, brown sugar, Gorgonzola cheese, and pecans. Served with toasted french bread this sure is a treat to look forward to each year.
Baked Pears with Pecans and Gorgonzola Cheese Ingredients
- 2-3 large ripe pears
- 3 tablespoons butter: 2 softened, 1 melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, white pepper & dash of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup of toasted and chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 tablespoons of crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
- Preheat oven to 450º
- Prepare the pears by peeling, then slicing into slices about 1 inch thick
- Brush pears with softened butter and place in a buttered 9-inch + baking dish
- Bake at 450º for 15 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, white pepper & dash of nutmeg. Bake for another 15 minutes or until soft and lightly browned.
- Meanwhile combine pecans, brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl, stirring to coat nuts. Top pear dish contents with mix and cheese. Broil pears at the furthest distance from the heat for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
Serve an ample amount of juice and pear mixture on top of toasted bread or cracker to enjoy the deliciousness.
I’ve been skimping on grocery shopping lately, trying to force myself to get creative with what I already have at hand. Last night I looked around my kitchen and found a butternut squash (yes pulled from my festive fall table decorations), Brussels sprouts, bacon and pecans and was inspired by the fall season to create something savory for dinner. Thus creating what I am dubbing the “Autumn Harvest Roasted Brussels & Squash” dish, which also could be a festive and seasonal Thanksgiving side dish. Looks & tastes very festively fall.
Autumn Harvest Roasted Brussels & Squash Ingredients
1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed & cut in half
1 Butternut squash, peeled and cut into small chunks (cubes if you are fancy & patient when it comes to cutting)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare two foil-lined baking sheets lightly grease one of the two.
- Wash brussels, trim ends and remove yellow leaves. Slice all Brussels sprouts in half. Place onto the un-greased foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down.
- Lay out slices of bacon and chop into one centimeter thick pieces. Sprinkle over the pan of Brussels sprouts, add salt and pepper. While roasting the bacon will release fat, acting as oil, so there is no need to add oil or butter.
- Combine the chopped pieces of butternut squash with the oil and sprinkle with your desired amount of salt, thinly chopped thyme and rosemary plus cinnamon. Place the chopped pieces of butternut squash on the other greased baking sheet.
- Roast both pans in the oven at 375 F for about 20-25 minutes total. Throughout roasting consistently turn contents of both pans over for even browning. The goal is for the cut sides to be nicely and partially charred, but not overly blackened (see my photos).
- Once the squash has roasted add chopped pecans to the pan, toss to mix into the oil and seasoning and return to the oven for another 3-5 mins.
Assembly: In a large bowl, combine roasted sprouts and bacon, squash, pecans, and mix to combine.
(OPTIONAL): For more sweetness, gradually add 2 or 4 tablespoons of maple syrup while ingredients are hot. (I didn’t do this with my dish)
Fall calls for food that is festive, colorful & warms the soul. This festive Baked Butternut Squash & Apples dish is inspired by the season & the apples I got from my trip to Soergel’s Orchard.
BONUS this recipe is super simple and straightforward AND fills your home with a delicious scent while it bakes.
Gather 1 or 2 ripe butternut squash, your choice of apples (here’s a guide for baking with apples) 1/2 stick of butter, your preferred amount of brown sugar, cinnamon & allspice, plus any other of your favorite seasonal spices.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Carefully slice the butternut squash in half, seed and clean the pit. Place halves on a large baking sheet flesh side up.
Peel and chop apples into 1 inch square sized pieces.
In a bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar, spices and chopped apples.
Place mixture in the middle of each squash.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Roast 50 to 60 minutes, until flesh is fork-tender.
Sit back & enjoy the aroma!