Grilled Pears with Currants
Try these grilled pears as a substitute for potatoes the next time you are grilling chicken or pork tenderloins. They can also be served for dessert with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
- ⅓ cup dried currants
- ¼ cup apple juice
- Pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 6 firm but ripe Anjou USA Pears
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Vegetable oil for brushing on grill
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas or electric grill on high.
In a small bowl, combine the currants, apple juice, and pepper. Allow the currants to marinate until ready to serve.
Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Use a paring knife or melon baller to remove the core, leaving a gumball-sized-hole. Place in a shallow dish and brush all over with the melted butter.
When ready to grill, brush the grill grate with vegetable oil. Place the pears, cut side up, in a single layer directly over the hot fire. Cook just until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. Brush with any butter remaining in the dish, then turn and grill until tender but firm, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Serve warm with a little of the apple juice-soaked currants spooned over the top.
yield: Serves 6