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You guys. It’s seriously time to start thinking about Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving, if you’re into that)! I know that seems crazy, but we’re at the end of October, and I’m already craving turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Okay, I actually crave these things throughout the year since they’re too good to have only once, but with fall in the air, I’m just ready.
So, let’s talk about Friendsgiving. Do you guys do this? Cook up an extra Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate one of our greatest holidays, with friends? I think it’s brilliant, really. Have wine, spend time with your favorite people, eat delicious food. I can’t think of any reason to say no to this.
So another thing I wanna chat about is this super simple, super delicious dessert made with fresh cranberries. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get in a rut and make the same dishes each year, but this time I just wanted to try something new. I love good ol’ cranberry sauce, but I’m super excited to share this new cranberry recipe with you: Cranberry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears.
YEP! It tastes (and smells) as good as it sounds. The pears are baked to tender perfection, then topped with a dollop of honeyed goat cheese, a scoop of fresh cranberry relish and a smattering of buttery oat crumble. Seriously. It’s…. scrumptious.
And you know what’s so cool about cranberries? You can buy a few extra bags and freeze them (as is) so you can use them throughout the year; again, I’d hate to eat cranberries just once a year! Also, cranberries are super good-for-you. Each cranberry is bursting with special polyphenols, which aren’t generally found in other fruits, and can help prevent disease (score!). There’s just so much goodness packed in nature’s tiny little red package.
So are you guys sold on making these stuffed pears? And having Friendsgiving?
If so, feature cranberries at your Friendsgiving celebration for a chance to win! Just snap a picture of your Friendsgiving cranberry creations, post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, with hashtag #FriendsgivingCranberryContest, and upload it at www.CranberryFriendsgiving.com for a chance to win one of eight $500 prizes (and to find more information).
Cranberries for the win!
- 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
- 7 Tbsp. honey, divided
- 4 medium red or green Bartlett pears
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts or pecans
- Pinch ground cinnamon + more for topping
- 2 tsp. butter, melted
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a small saucepan, heat cranberries, ¼ cup water and 5 tablespoons honey to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook about 4-5 minutes, until cranberries just start to soften and mixture has slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
- Trim a small slice off each side of the pears. Cut in half lengthwise. Hollow just the center of the pears with a melon baller or spoon, creating a cavity for filling. Rub each pear with lemon juice. Bake 17-20 minutes, until just tender (if pear is ripe, it will take less time to cook).
- In a small bowl, beat goat cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons honey with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Place a spoonful of goat cheese mixture into each pear. Place a spoonful of cranberry mixture into each pear, next to the goat cheese mixture.
- In another small bowl, mix together oats, walnuts, cinnamon, melted butter and brown sugar. Place a spoonful of oat mixture on each pear.
- Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon.