Roasted Pears with Raspberry Coulis, Chocolate & Pistachios

Topics: Recipes, Refuel

Preparation Time:  3 minutes
Cooking Time:  27 minutes
Servings  4baked_pears_with_raspberry_sauce_horiz Serving Size:

Ingredients:

2 large Bartlett, Comice or Anjou pears, preferably red
1 cup white grape juice, such as Trader Joe’s brand
1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed, or 2 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (from cocoa – real chocolate not milk chocolate)–such as Baker’s SemiSweet Bi

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3 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios, toasted
Mint springs (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut each pear in half; cut out core with a melon baller or metal measuring teaspoon. Arrange pears, cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Pour grape juice over the pears. Bake 18 to20 minutes or until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife. Meanwhile, puree raspberries in food processor; strain and discard seeds. Transfer the roasted pears to serving plates, cut sides up; sprinkle chocolate chips over the pears (the heat of the pears will melt the chips). Combine pureed raspberries and liquid remaining in baking dish in a small saucepan. Cook over high heat until sauce has reduced to 3/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon sauce over and around pears; sprinkle with pistachios and garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
Tips:
Toasting the pistachios is quick: bake them at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes. Using mini chocolate chips makes the chocolate flavor go further by packing in the most chips per tablespoon.

Substitutions:

If you have champagne or white wine and not white grape juice, then use it without fear, and with a teaspoon of sugar. Sliced toasted almonds or chopped hazelnuts may replace the pistachios and blackberries or strawberries may replace the raspberries.