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Spiced Pears in Red Wine
 

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 3/4 pounds Sickle pears (about 10 whole) - peeled
1 (750-milliliter) bottle Merlot or other red wine
1/2 cup sugar
5 orange rind strips (3 × 1-inch)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 x 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1 star anise (optional)
5 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger

Method

  • Sprinkle lemon juice over pears; drain.
  • Combine wine and next 4 ingredients (wine through cinnamon) in a large non-aluminum Dutch oven. Add star anise, if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook, covered, 10 minutes.
  • Add pears; simmer for 10 minutes or until tender, turning pears occasionally.
  • Remove pears from wine mixture using a slotted spoon. Place in a shallow bowl; set aside.
  • Bring wine mixture to a boil over high heat; cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 2 cups. Discard solids. Spoon reduced wine mixture over pears; sprinkle with ginger.

Serving size: 1 pear, 3 tablespoons wine sauce, and 1/2-teaspoon ginger.

 
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