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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Red Wine Poached Pears (in Slow Cooker)



Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day with their family. The final part of my Christmas meal is these gorgeous poach pears which are made in the slow cooker.

Recipe from Rachael Ray.


A Hamless Holiday
Snowman Cheeseball, appetizer
White Christmas Sangria, drink
Pear, Pomegrante and Spinach Salad, side dish
Chunky Root Vegetable Soup with Swiss and Herb Croutons, main dish
Red Wine Poached Pears, dessert

Ingredients:
-1 bottle red wine
-1 cup sugar
-1 cinnamon stick
-8 whole cloves
-6 firm but ripe pears-stems left on, peeled
-Vanilla ice cream, for serving

I cut this recipe in half to make 3 pears. I used a loaf pan to reduce the size of my slow cooker. You want the pears to be covered in wine, however, if like mine a little is peeking over the edge of the wine, just rotate the pears halfway through the cooking time. Or if you're making this with six pears in a large slow cooker, add water to the wine to make sure they are covered.

In a large bowl, stir together the wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves.

Arrange the pears in the slow cooker (or loaf pan in the slow cooker).



Cover and cook on high heat until the pears are fork-tender, about 2 1/2 hours.


Using a slotted spoon remove the pears and serve alongside vanilla ice cream. 




I love the color of these, they were incredibly beautiful alongside the Christmas decorations. We think the ice cream with these is an absolute must to help cut through the slight bitterness of the red wine. This is something I would love to make for a dinner party, especially since it's easily made in the slow cooker. 

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