(Cookbook!) Pears in Prosciutto

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Cookbook sneak peeeeeek!   As you may already have deduced (from my shameless, hammering “reminders,” perhaps), the cookbook I made for you comes out in 27 days!

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<——– That’s it!  Holy sheet pans, Batman.

I’ve got to say, putting work out there, work you’ve spent hours and days and weeks and YEARS honing, is totally nerve-racking and a little bit terrifying, but I’m really quite proud of this little book, and I can’t wait to show it to you!

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In that vein, I thought you might like some pears.  Wrapped in some salty prosciutto and baked until tender and warm?

YEP YEP YEP.

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These are capital E Easy (only three ingredients and minimal baking time), but don’t let that fool you – they’re also capital D, capital LICIOUS.  The pears get sweet and soften a bit in the oven, while the prosciutto crisps up and lends a rich, salty bite.  They make a great pre-dinner snack or party appetizer (they do well next to a generous cheese platter), and I hope they’ll get you in the mood for more stuff on a sheet pan!  Stay tuned…

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Pears in Prosciutto (from Sheet Pan Suppers)

It can be hard to tell if a pear is ripe for eating— especially Bosc pears, which are generally quite firm. Here’s the trick: Gently touch the flesh at the pear’s neck, just under the stem. If it’s rock hard, move on—it’s not ready. If it yields slightly, it’s ripe and good to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices (about 1⁄4 pound) prosciutto, cut or ripped in half lengthwise to make 16 strips
  • 2 Bosc pears, unpeeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the upper third. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Wrap a strip of prosciutto tightly around each pear wedge, placing the pears skin side down on the prepared pan as you go. Make sure to leave some room between pears on the pan.  Sprinkle plenty of ground black pepper atop the prosciutto- wrapped pears.

Bake until the prosciutto is firm and crisp and the pears are tender, their tips nicely charred, 15 to 18 minutes.

Serve warm, while the pears are meltingly tender inside their crisp shells.

Makes 16 pieces.

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4 Responses to (Cookbook!) Pears in Prosciutto

  1. Deb says:

    Molly,
    Thinking of pairing( or pearing, with today’s recipe!) cookbook with a sheet pan for holiday gifts. What is your favorite sheet pan?
    Thanks
    Deb

  2. molly gilbert says:

    Hi Deb – great question! I’ll make sure to mention this in my next post, but I love a good, sturdy, aluminum or stainless steel sheet pan. Chicago Metallic and Sur La Table make nice ones, or you can get them extra cheap from a restaurant supply store!

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