Monday, May 21, 2012

Caramelized Pears and Salad

Caramelized Pears and Salad
Caramelized Pears
Paula George
                                          Pears ready for caramelizing!

5 pears, unpeeled and cored
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/4 cup pure Maple syrup...
1/4 cup Dark Rum
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend or 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
zest of one Naval orange
juice of one Naval orange
2 Tbsp. dark rum
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
Stand cored pears in crockpot, I used my small 2-1/2 qt. crockpot. Combine next 6 ingredients and pour over. Sprinkle with orange zest. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Remove pears. Whisk together orange juice, rum and cornstarch. Add to liquid and cook for 10 minutes on high until thickened. Spoon over pears and cool to room temp.

                                         Pears Caramelized!
3 butter lettuce leaves per serving
1 caramelized pear per serving
1 oz. crumbled bleu cheese per serving
1 Tbsp. toasted walnuts per serving
2 Tbsp. sauce per serving
Place lettuce on salad plate. Set pear in middle of lettuce. Sprinkle with bleu cheese and walnuts. Drizzle with sauce and serve.

                                    Almost forgot pic of finished salad as I was anxious to try it!