Don’t you love when leftover ingredients just come together in a great new recipes? Lately, I’ve started trying to find such dishes by just Googling the items I have. Case in point: three days ago, I found Avocado Pesto‘s recipe for Tofu, Mushroom, and Bok Choy Stir-Fry – delicious, by the way – by searching “tofu bok choy mushroom ginger”. Not so elegant, but it worked!
Using the same strategy for leftover New Year’s Eve champagne that was quickly going flat and Seckel pears that were quickly growing soft, I came across Emeril’s recipe for Poached Pears in Vanilla and Champagne. Since these pears are already so sweet, I decided to halve the sugar-to-liquid ratio, and made a few other changes. Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 2 Seckel pears, or one regular-sized pear
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup champagne or sparkling wine
Peel the pears, keeping the stems intact if possible. Cut each pear in half and remove the seeds and core.
In a small pot, stir the sugar into the water and boil until the sugar dissolves. Use the smallest pot you have that can hold all pear pieces in a single layer – this way, it takes less champagne to cover the fruit, which leaves more to drink!
Once the sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes), stir in the vanilla and champagne and bring to a boil. Add the pear halves, making sure they are fully covered by the poaching liquid. Let simmer on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring gently every minute or two.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the pears. Serve immediately.
These are delicious on their own, but can easily be fancied up if you’d like. I served the pears on top of gingerbread cookies, with a little of the poaching liquid drizzled on top, and the last of the champagne. Enjoy!