Saturday, December 15, 2007

Poached Pears in Cranberry Sauce

Submitted by Amy Parshall

1 qt (4 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup Karo light corn syrup
8 slices (1/4 in thick) unpeeled fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
8 slightly ripe pears

In a heavy 4 qt sauce pan, combine cranberry juice, corn syrup, ginger, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Peel pears, leaving stems attached. Add to cranberry liquid; cover. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until pears are tender. With slotted spoon, transfer pears to a shallow serving dish. Remove ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Discard all but 2 cups syrup in saucepan. Bring to a boil for 10-12 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over pears. Makes 8 servings, depending on pear size.

"If you like presentation, a couple leaves of mint and cranberries can rest on the outskirts of the cranberry sauce mixture. It brings out a whole new flavor."

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