Ruby Poached Pears
Yield: 4 servings
- 4 Bartlett or other pears
- 4 cups ruby port
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 whole clove
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into
- 4 wedges
- Garnish: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, nectarine slices, fresh mint leaves
Instructions:Peel and core pears, leaving stems intact. Cut a thin slice from bottom of each pear, forming a base for pears to stand on.
Combine port and next five ingredients in a Dutch oven; add pears. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove pears from poaching liquid; set aside to cool.
Pour poaching liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a container, discarding solids. Return liquid to Dutch oven; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Serve pears with a wedge of Brie and sauce. Garnish, if desired.