Looking for fresh, new summer recipes? You can’t go past pears! Popular as a winter snack here in NZ, pears are making a big splash in salads now too. BBQ’d, grilled or roasted, pears taste great sliced, arranged on rocket and sprinkled with almonds. Nutritious, delicious, sweet and juicy – you’ll adore this grilled pear recipe.

Serves 2

You need:

1 medium Bartlett pear, cut in half
1 cup water
1 cup white wine
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Mascarpone Filling
3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (to make 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine the sugar, water, white wine, lemon juice and vanilla seeds and bean in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the core from the pear halves with a melon baller and use a small paring knife to remove the stem. Add the pears to the liquid and simmer over low heat until they turn slightly translucent and become tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the pear halves to cool slightly in the liquid before removing and allowing to drain.

Make the filling by mixing the mascarpone, crumbled bacon, chopped chives, salt and black pepper in a small bowl until the ingredients are well distributed. Set aside.

To grill the pears, lightly coat the grill with vegetable oil and preheat to high, about 220 degrees C. When it is hot, place the pears cut side down on the grill for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the flesh is lightly caramelised. Turn the pears over and fill them with about two tablespoons of the mascarpone mixture. Remove the pears from the grill when the mascarpone begins to melt. Serve immediately.

To serve, arrange each pear half on a plate with some of the remaining mascarpone mixture on the side. Garnish with chopped chives.

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