Pears with Gorgonzola

Autumn fruits are everywhere and pears are definitely in season. I’m certain you’re going to love this recipe if you’re a Gorgonzola fan. Pears with Gorgonzola, it’s such a perfect paring! (no pun intended). Ripe juicy pears, cooked in Marsala wine that reduces down and becomes infused in a wonderful glaze. Each pear is then topped with a combination of Gorgonzola, mascarpone and toasted chopped walnuts.

I love the deep rich salty flavor of Gorgonzola and the “bite” it gives you from it’s blue vein. Combine that with the sweetness of the pear and Marsala. Perfection!

This recipe comes from an old issue of Tastes of Italia magazine, the recipe is for 4 servings but you can alter it for 2.
4 Pears cut in half lengthwise, remove cores.
2 Cups Marsala Wine
2T Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Sugar
2t. lemon Zest
4oz Gorgonzola
3 T Mascarpone
2T Toasted Chopped Walnuts
In medium pan combine wine, sugar, zest. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. Add pears and cook 10-15 minutes until fork tender. Remove pears, place on serving dish. Bring wine mixture to a boil, cook for 6 minutes until liquid thickens. Remove, let it cool and drizzle around pears. In a small bowl add mascarpone, Gorgonzola, and chopped walnuts, mix well then fill pears.

Here’s another way of getting that same flavor combination of pears and Gorgonzola, something that you could put together fast for either a quick appetizer or an ending to a meal. Peel your pears and cut them into 1 inch chunks, cook them in warm honey until tender, then skewer a piece of Gorgonzola between 2 pieces of pear, finish with an extra drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
Buon Appetito!

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  1. Hey Marie: We’ve been enjoying pears with pecorino and honey in the evenings, but now I have a new pear and cheese dish to try! I love gorgonzola – this looks delicious.

  2. Pear, gorgonzola, and honey – sounds delicious! I like the suggestion of serving at the end of a meal. Thank you for another great idea!

  3. Your pictures are gorgeous – these make such a pretty presentation! They look delicious!

  4. Was there ever such an exquisite coupling? I adore both poached pears and gorgonzola cheese and will have to try out your recipe. I usually use red or white wine, but the marsala sounds terrific.

  5. oh my heavens!

  6. This is beautiful! Love the photos. I’m making linguini with shrimp tonight. What a great dessert! Bravo!

  7. You should know by now my weakness for fruit and cheese!!! I love this as a dessert!!!! Beautifully done, my friend!!!

  8. Have you tried this dish with different types of pears, soft vs. crisp, for example? Which do you recommend? I’ve got to try this.

  9. What a great combination of flavors.

  10. Who Has Time To Cook, You can use Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc, all are equally as good. Enjoy

  11. I don’t even LIKE pears but I am officially craving this now. YUM!

  12. Great pairing of ingredients. Love the darling little spiedini.

  13. This is a beautiful recipe and thank you for sharing it. Needed something quick, simple and non-chocolate for dessert and this is PERFECT! Thank you!

  14. Mmmmmm on both accounts:D

  15. those look amazing! I have to try them!

  16. Those pears look like such a classy dish. Very nice. I like the skewers too.

  17. Thanks Marie, I love to cook seasonally, and this gives me a great way to use up some of those free pears that I’ve received. Very elegant, this is definitely going into my ‘to make’ list.

  18. Pears and gorgonzola reminds me of my nonno, thank you!

  19. Just perfect fot this time of year when pears are plentiful! Salty/sweet is such an amzing combination!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. I had this for the first time last year – and it was absolutely divine!

  21. Brilliant! I love the flavors of pear and gorgonzola together. This looks absolutely divine.

  22. Wow…I stumbled across your blog this morning, and haven’t been able to stop going through all the archives. (Except when I went to make my husband the open faced tomato and sunny side up egg–so good!) I noticed many recipes with those beautiful mini meatballs, but never saw an actual recipe for them. Do you plan on posting that, or are you waiting to publish a cookbook? I look forward to both of those. Great, great blog.

  23. Caramelized pears and gorgonzola would be so good!

  24. a wonderful combination of flavors

  25. That is a perfect “pearing,” Marie! Gorgonzola and mascarpone? All I can say is, “yum.”

  26. Beautiful ! I love your recipe and your wondreful pictures !

    Have a wonderful Day !

  27. Oh yes! I’d enjoy that alright. Great recipes, beautiful photos. Thanks.

  28. Oh, both of these ideas for pears w/Gorgonzola (such a fabulous combo) sound and look gorgeous! Your photos are blowing me away! And what a great idea about the skewers. But that top recipe where the pears are cooked in Marsala—wowie. I’ve got to try that.

  29. classic, delicious and perfectly executed. vivid purpley-blue marbling captured brilliantly on the formaggio. very nice.

  30. this looks so good!!! thanks for your inspiration! 🙂 i did something like this as well, the pictures and recipe is here: