A fast and delicious twist on the well-known apple dish. Zapped up in the microwave in minutes, it will quickly become a family favorite. This dish is a wonderful accompaniment to pork or poultry. Pears are a great source of fiber and vitamin C and they are in season right now! I really love how much fiber pears pack!
I served the dish as a side to some roasted turkey and green beans with cherry tomatoes, but it can also be a wonderful dessert dish served warm and topped with vanilla frozen yogurt! Mix some into some plain Greek yogurt for a yummy snack or how about a topping for your oatmeal in the morning? The possibilities are many.! It is best eaten warm, but it is also delicious cold too!
Microwave Escalloped Pears and Cranberries
Servings - about 6 Serving Size- approx. 1/4 - 1/2 cup or 1/6th of recipe Points Plus per serving - 3 points+
Calories - 86.9, Total Fat - 0.4g, Carb. - 24.1g, Protein - 0.3g, Fiber - 2.3g
3 med.-sized ripe, Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger ( you can use less if you aren't a fan of ginger, but ginger and pears work so well together and I love the bit of bite the ginger gives this dish)
2 TBS. brown sugar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 TBS. cornstarch, dissolved in a little bit of water
1. In a microwavable container with a lid ( I used a Pyrex dish with a glass lid ), combine the pears, spices, sugar and cranberries. Cover and microwave on HIGH for approx. 4 -5 minutes*, or until the pears are soft and the juices have combined with the sugar to form a syrup. Stir halfway through cook time.
2. Add the dissolved cornstarch and stir and return to microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds to 1 minute to thicken juices into a sauce. Let stand, covered for a few minutes before serving.
* Microwaves cook at different speeds depending on the wattage...you may find your microwave takes more or less time than stated.
Oh boy! Was this ever good!! I loved the pears and the ginger together and the microwave plumps up the cranberries so nicely! It was perfect with the roasted turkey breast! I believe you could substitute apples for the pears, if you like. You may need to adjust cook times according to what variety of apple you use.
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