These Easy Savory Baked Pears make a delicious and different side dish or accompaniment to a cheeseboard. Tender soft pears with red onion flavored with rosemary and maple syrup - these are just perfect with turkey for Thanksgiving, or as an accompaniment to a Christmas ham. Simple to make, the pears roast in the oven quickly, to give you a healthy, naturally sweet side dish that is just a little bit different. Try these for your holiday table!
Cut each pear vertically into quarters and use a teaspoon to remove the core and seeds.
Peel the onion and cut into wedges.
Place the pears to a baking pan or ovenproof dish.
Add the onion wedges and sprigs of rosemary.
Pour over the olive oil, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar. Toss gently to ensure each pear and onion wedge is well coated.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until everything is soft and starting to caramelize.
Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
I like to use anjou pears, as they are naturally sweet, with a firm texture and gorgeous two-tone skin. But be guided by what is in the grocery store. (see the bulk of post for more tips on choosing your pear)
I love the color pop of red onions, but any onion will work well here.
Feel free to substitute honey or the maple syrup.
Swap the apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar if you don't have ACV.