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15 Savory Pear Recipes

With a sweet taste and crisp texture, pears are the perfect fall ingredient for desserts and spiced drinks. But what about giving pears a savory spin too? When paired with savory ingredients like blue cheese, balsamic vinegar, and caramelized onions, pears become a must-have component for some of the best autumnal recipes. Try out these savory pear dishes by serving up a tray of appetizers — we recommend the brie and pear tartlets — or make the main dish a stand-out like grilled pork chops with an apple-pear topping. If you’re looking to use up a bounty of pears, or if you just want new ideas for enjoying this fall fruit, these savory pear recipes offer a lot of tasty and delightful inspiration.

Pear and Blue Cheese Tarts

Instead of baking one large tart, these mini bites make the perfect appetizer for a crowd. With pears, blue cheese, and walnuts, they’re delicious during any season, but recipe creator Mitchipoo recommends serving them at Thanksgiving.

Pear and Prosciutto Pizza

Pizza has no set season, but once the leaves start to change you’re sure to begin craving this pear-topped pizza. Paired with salty prosciutto and the creamy duo of mozzarella and Swiss cheeses, it’s guaranteed to become a favorite.

Savory Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Cherry Pear Compote and Cherry Balsamic Glaze

“Savory” and “cheesecake” are two words that you don’t often hear together, but you’ll become convinced it’s a good choice after one bite. A buttery pecan and cracker crust is loaded up with creamy blue cheese base, drizzled with cherry balsamic vinegar, then topped with more nuts and freshly sliced pears.

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

Pork chops and apples are a classic pairing, but pears may become a new favorite after you try this savory pear recipe. “The recipe transforms thin supermarket pork chops into an unforgettable-juicy-tender-flavor-packed-lip-smacking pork experience,” says recipe creator OSORKIN. “A combination of brining, marinating, and saucing.”

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

Nobody will believe that you only need five ingredients to make these impressive savory pear tartlets. Each is loaded up with beloved cheese board components: ripe Brie, fresh pears, herbaceous thyme, and sweet honey.

Ham and Pear Panini

Upgrade your basic ham sandwich with the addition of thinly sliced pears. Sweet pear is balanced with just the right amount of tangy mustard.

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Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears, Shallots and Thyme

Baking Brie directly into a sourdough bread means all you’ve got to do is pull it apart to enjoy some cheesy goodness. The savory pear recipe is topped with a bold sauce made from pears, white wine, and fresh thyme.

Sausage-and-Pear-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash, another fall favorite, is turned into a main meal in this hearty recipe. Each half is stuffed with a sweet and savory blend of pears, sage sausage, and cabbage to create an all-in-one meal.

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Pear Pizza Appetizer

It doesn’t get much easier, or tastier, than this simple appetizer. Chewy pita bread is layered up with thinly sliced pears, rich Gorgonzola, and almond slivers before being finished off with a honey-balsamic drizzle.

Pear-Mango Salsa

“This was very good! Pears in salsa is a nice twist,” says reviewer Liz Dalton. Serve this refreshing recipe with tortilla chips or over grilled fish.

Blue Cheese, Bacon and Pear Brunch Sandwiches

Talk about starting the day right: these brunch sandwiches will make a big impression at your next get-together. The secret is simmering the pears in apple juice. This adds a sweeter taste and gives them a soft texture.

Roquefort Pear Salad

“This is the best salad I’ve ever eaten and I make it all the time. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans,” says recipe creator Michelle Krzmarzick. “The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together.”

Pear and Blue Cheese Pastry Triangles

Whether used for an appetizer or a snack, these tasty triangles will become a family favorite. Using pre-made pastry dough means the recipe comes together easily, with each one packed with pears, blue cheese, and sweet onions.

Momma Pritchett’s Grilled Pork Chops and Apple-Pear Topping

Fresh pears and green apples are the perfect pairing for these succulent pork chops. Marinating the pork in a blend of brown mustard, honey, orange juice, and Worcestershire ensures it stays juicy after grilling.

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Mini phyllo tart shells are key to making these ultra easy appetizers. Each bite is stuffed with a blend of blue cheese, heavy cream, and ripe pears. Lynn Dawe raves, “These were fabulous. What a great recipe — this one goes into the favorites file.”

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