Oven-poached pears in red wine (pere in vino rosso)

Yield: 6 servings

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\N \N ISBN 0-02-009078-1; 1994

Oven poaching is not traditional, but it cooks the pears gently and evenly, and infuses them with a fantastic amount of flavor.

1 cup sugar 3 cups dry Italian red wine, such as Chianti or Spanna Rind of 1 lemon, coarsely chopped 6 pears (Bosc, Bartlett, or Comice), preferably with stems and all about the same size, or 12 Seckle pears

1. Preheat the oven to 300-F.

2. Combine the sugar, wine, and rind in a heavy casserole large enough to hold the pears in a single layer. Place over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Peel the pears, leaving them whole with the stems on. Place the pears in the pot with the sugar-and-wine mixture and add enough water (1 to 2 cups) to bring the liquid up to the tops of the pears. Cover the casserole and place in the oven. Bake for 3 hours, or until the pears are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Allow the pears to cool to room temperature, then chill for several hours before serving.

Note: For a thick, syrupy sauce for the pears, remove the pears from the pot once they cool and set them in a serving bowl or in individual serving dishes. Place the casserole on the stove over medium-high heat, bring the wine mixture to a boil, and cook briskly for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is thick and syrupy. Pour the syrup over the pears, allow to cool, and refrigerate before serving.

From : Sallie Krebs, Sat 07 Oct 95 13:30, Area: COOKING Source: Cooking Vegetables the Italian Way; Judith Barrett From: Sallie Krebs Date: 10-07-95 (20:03) (159) Fido: Cooking

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