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Sweet Vermouth Poached Pears

Sweet Vermouth Poached Pears

15 Prep Time
30 Cook Time
6 Servings
Sweet vermouth has really made a comeback thanks to the craft cocktail movement, and I am so glad it did. Without it, I’d have never tried a Manhattan and noticed the distinct and wonderful flavors that a good vermouth can lend, not to mention that I’d have never come up with the idea for this unique recipe. Pick up a bottle for making these poached pears and pour yourself a little over an ice cube to enjoy while you cook. You won’t be sorry.
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups good quality sweet vermouth, such as Carpano Antica
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 orange, peel only (use a vegetable peeler to cut several thin strips)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 firm USA Pears, such as Bosc
  • Greek yogurt, for serving
DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, combine vermouth, water, honey, orange peel, and spices. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. In the meantime, peel and halve the pears. Use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds. Transfer the pears to the simmering liquid, being certain they are submerged (cover with a piece of parchment paper if necessary). Reduce the heat slightly to keep the pears at a low bubble. Simmer the pears for 15-20 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer the pears to a bowl, leaving the liquid behind, and cover them to keep warm. Increase the heat under the sauce to medium-high and bring to a low boil. Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to about ¾ cup. Pour the sauce through a fine mesh strainer and onto the still-warm pears. Serve immediately with Greek yogurt on the side.

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