Three thyme roasted pears on a white plate.
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Thyme roasted pears

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Break out of your hum-drum vegetable routine and serve up these sweet and fragrant thyme roasted pears. Thyme roasted pears make a great side dish to so many different meals. They go perfectly with almost any kind of roasted meat. If you are plant-based, try them as a side dish to any vegetable stew or favorite salad.

Roasted pears with thyme pair perfectly with turkey, chicken, pork and venison.
Roasted pears with thyme pair perfectly with turkey, chicken, pork and venison.

Sweet and fragrant, these roasted pears are simple to bake and make a nice healthy side dish to many wintery meals. Their subtle sweetness pairs nicely with pork chops, roasted turkey, chicken and venison. I selected fresh Anjou pears, but you can choose any kind of pear you like.

Anjou pears are sweet and delicious.
Anjou pears are sweet and delicious.

More organic pears are grown in Washington state in the Leavenworth area than any other part of the nation. Sweet, delicious – local.

Serves 4- 6

Ingredients

3 Anjou or bosc pears
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme

Method

Wash and pat dry each pear. Slice each pear in half lengthwise. Using a teaspoon, gently remove the core.

Use a teaspoon to remove the core.
Use a teaspoon to remove the core.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. On a baking sheet or dinner plate, toss each pear – both sides in about 1.5 – 2 tbsp of olive oil. Season with a pinch or two of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove the leaves from about 4 – 6 sprigs of fresh thyme. Sprinkle the thyme on the pears.

Seasoning the pears - olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme.
Seasoning the pears – olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme.

Lay the pears face down and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until fork tender. Turn the pears over about halfway through the baking time. Serve hot.

Fresh out of the oven - roasted pears.
Fresh out of the oven – roasted pears.

Thyme roasted pears

Break out of your hum-drum vegetable routine and serve up these sweet and fragrant thyme roasted pears.

  • 3 Anjou or Bosc pears (sliced in half lengthwise and cored)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 pinches sea salt
  • 1-2 pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme (remove thyme leaves)
  1. Wash and pat dry each pear. Slice each pear in half lengthwise. Using a teaspoon, gently remove the core. Preheat the oven to 375 F. On a baking sheet, toss each pear – both sides in about 1.5 – 2 tbsp of olive oil. Season with a pinch or two of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove the leaves from about 4 – 6 sprigs of fresh thyme. Sprinkle the thyme on the pears. Lay the pears face down and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until fork tender. Turn the pears over about halfway through the baking time. Serve hot.

 

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