Depending on the taste profiles that you enjoy you might prefer Asian pears to the pears you are more familiar with; this is because Asian pears tend to be sweeter and crunchier than Bartlett or Bosc pears. However, if you’re in the mood for trying something new for dinner tonight, here are some tasty ideas for cooking with Asian pears.
Steamed with Honey
Steaming the Asian pears with some honey can be a big boost if you are sick. It can also help if someone in your family is sick. As the season starts to change, you can expect a fresh wave of cold and flu symptoms, and that means sore throats and tight chests everywhere. While this recipe also asks for you to use Chinese dates, you can substitute in more common ingredients – although you can find those dates at an Asian supermarket. Raisins, dates, and jujubes are also acceptable substitute ingredients.
Honey Ham Garnished
Making a honey ham is a delicious way to have an easy dinner that will last for several days and cover multiple meals in one go. However, a plain honey ham might be a bit too passe. Instead, try garnishing your next honey ham with Asian pears. The sweetness and crunch of the pears add another dimension of flavor to the ham, and it is especially well-loved in southwest China.
Poached in Plum Sauce
While you would normally expect Peking duck to be served with plum sauce, you wouldn’t think pears could be, too. Plum wine is a popular drink all over Asia, and this is a great way to try something vastly different
As Korean BBQ Marinade
No matter what type of Korean barbecue you plan on making, you’ll need something to serve as a marinade. Why not mix things up by adding Asian pears into the mix? The short ribs you prepare known as galbi can be refreshed with a fruity zest to give the flavor another kick that is unexpected and delightful.
As a Dessert
You can’t forget about dessert! The versatility of Asian pears means that they’re a good fit for two types of dessert. Try your hand at an apple pear crisp with spices like cardamom and cinnamon, or experiment with baking a pear cake loaded with pears and pecans to complete your meal.
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