PEARS WITH HERBED RICOTTA AND HONEY

ricotta pear

The sweetness of the pears and honey in this recipe are a nice foil for the savory ricotta.

YIELD: Makes 6 dessert servings

ACTIVE TIME: 20 min

TOTAL TIME: 20 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (15-oz) container whole-milk ricotta
  • 5 tablespoons mild honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 firm-ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled if desired
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

PREPARATION

Stir together ricotta, 2 tablespoons honey, thyme, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon mint, and a pinch of salt.

Halve pears lengthwise and scoop out core with a melon-ball cutter or spoon. Leaving stem end intact, cut each pear half lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices and gently press against a work surface to create a fan shape.

Divide cheese mixture among plates and top with a pear half. Drizzle remaining 3 tablespoons honey over pears and sprinkle evenly with pine nuts and remaining tablespoon each of basil and mint.

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

3 firm-ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled if desired

1/3 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Courtesy of Epicurious