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Roasted Rosemary-Gorgonzola Pears

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Roasted Rosemary-Gorgonzola Pears
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 8
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Delicious pears roasted with cheese and herbs filling for hot appetizers that are ready in less than an hour!
Updated Jul 11, 2010

Ingredients

  • 4 unpeeled ripe firm pears, cut in half lengthwise, cored*
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 1/3 cup finely crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Cut thin slice from rounded side of pear halves, if necessary, so they'll rest level in pan. In 13x9-inch pan, arrange pear halves, cut sides up. Brush tops of pears with oil; sprinkle with salt, pepper and rosemary.
  • 2
    Roast uncovered 15 minutes. Fill cored hollow of each pear half with 2 teaspoons cheese. Roast uncovered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until pears are tender and cheese is soft. Sprinkle with walnuts. Drizzle with additional olive oil if desired.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Explore the options for making this beautiful and sophisticated side dish: •Two cans (15 oz each) canned pear halves can be substituted for the fresh pears. Drain liquid from pears and drain pears, flat sides down, on paper towels. Follow directions in step 1--except fill hollow with cheese now. Roast 15 minutes or until pears and cheese are hot; sprinkle pears with nuts. •Blue cheese, garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese or chives-and-onion cream cheese can be substituted for the Gorgonzola cheese.
  • tip 2
    The ripe firm pears should not be hard, but should also not be as soft and ambrosial as a pear would be for eating out of hand. If your pears are too hard, let them ripen a day or two longer. These delicious pears would also make an elegant first course or can even be placed on salad greens for a unique salad.

Nutrition

120 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 13g Total Carbohydrate, 9g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
230mg
9%
Potassium
135mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
9g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 1 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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