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Pears in Red Wine Sauce

from Nick Stellino
Pears in Red Wine Sauce
Pere al Vino Rosso
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 large pears, peeled and cored
2 cups red wine
1 cup sugar

Instructions:
Cut a small slice from the bottom of each of the pears so they will stand up straight in the saucepan without falling over.

In a saucepan large enough to hold the pears, bring the wine and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring well.

Once the mixture reaches a boil, cook for 3 more minutes.

Take the pan off the heat and gently place the pears, standing up, into the saucepan, being careful not to splash yourself with the hot wine-and-sugar mixture.

Place the pan back on the stove and cook the pears over medium-low heat—15 to 20 minutes for a firm texture or 30 to 40 minutes for a softer texture—braising the pears with the wine-and-sugar mixture every 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the pears stand in the wine sauce until they reach room temperature. Use a slotted spoon to transfer each of the pears to a dessert dish, and top with plenty of the wine sauce.

Chef’s Note: For an elegant presentation, serve the pears with sweet whipped cream or whipped mascarpone cheese, and top with toasted chopped pistachio nuts.




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