Poached Pears Stuffed with Creamy Gorgonzola

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These poached pears are the perfect holiday dessert - if you prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, feel free to poach them in cranberry juice instead of Port wine. You can even serve these in margarita glasses, topped with toasted almonds and fresh mint for an extra special presentation.

230
Calories
4.5g
Fat
11g
Protein
6
Servings

Ingredients

6 bosc pears (peeled and cored, stems left intact)
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 c ruby red port wine
3 c water
2 3-inch strips of orange peel
1/2 c sugar
6 c Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt (to yield 2 cups yogurt cheese*)
2 T confectioners' sugar
2 T Gorgonzola (crumbled)
1 t lemon juice
Nutrition Information: 
Calories: 
230
Calories from Fat: 
40
Total Fat: 
4.5g
Cholesterol: 
15mg
Total Carbohydrate: 
45g
Dietary Fiber: 
4g
Protein: 
11g

Preparation:

Step 1

*For Yogurt Cheese: Using a yogurt cheese maker or layered cheese cloth, strain the whey from yogurt for 3-6 hours in the refrigerator. This should yield 2 cups of yogurt cheese. Reserve.

Step 2

Combine port, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel strips in a large pot. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add pears and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pot and simmer until pears are tender, turning pears occasionally, about 40 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pears to platter and chill.

Step 3

Over high-heat, boil liquid in pot until it reduces to 1 1/2 cups, about 20-25 minutes. Reserve the resulting syrup.

Step 4

While syrup is reducing, combine yogurt cheese, confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and crumbled gorgonzola, mixing gently. Slice the tops off of the chilled pears and fill each pear with the yogurt cheese and gorgonzola mixture. Divide the pears among 6 shallow bowls, top with reduced syrup and toasted almonds, and serve chilled.

Ingredients

6 bosc pears (peeled and cored, stems left intact)
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 c ruby red port wine
3 c water
2 3-inch strips of orange peel
1/2 c sugar
6 c Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt (to yield 2 cups yogurt cheese*)
2 T confectioners' sugar
2 T Gorgonzola (crumbled)
1 t lemon juice
Nutrition Information: 
Calories: 
230
Calories from Fat: 
40
Total Fat: 
4.5g
Cholesterol: 
15mg
Total Carbohydrate: 
45g
Dietary Fiber: 
4g
Protein: 
11g

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