8 Perfect-for-Fall Pear Recipes You'll Want to Eat All Year Round

Whether you're in the mood for savory or sweet, opt for one of these pear-fect dishes.

Bunch of pairs in a bowl on pink background
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Pears are a delicious addition to endless sweet and savory recipes; they're best served with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert (or all of the above). Their mild, sweet flavor pairs well with everything from prosciutto and potatoes to camembert, cranberries, cinnamon, and more. Pears' peak season begins in late summer and goes through January, though they're widely available in grocery stores year-round.

When shopping for pears, look for firmer fruits without soft spots, bruises, or blemishes. The ideal color will depend on which variety you're looking for: Green Anjous, Bartletts, and Bosc pears all come in varying shades of green, pinkish-red, and brown (and there are over 3,000 types of pear across the world). Keep in mind that pears are best when picked unripe and then allowed to ripen off the tree.

Pears are also super nutritious: They're packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. Here are 20 delicious pear recipes you can make in any season.

01 of 08

Maple, Pear, and Pecan Steel-Cut Oats

Maple, Pear, and Pecan Steel-Cut Oats
Brie Passano

Here, we redefine the term 'overnight oats' to mean tossing steel cut oats in the slow cooker and letting them cook overnight. The result is a deliciously spiced, creamy oatmeal that you'll top with plenty of fresh-cut pears and toasted pecans.

Get the Recipe: Maple, Pear, and Pecan Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats

02 of 08

Pressed-Crust Pear Tart

Pressed-crust pear tart on a blue background and served with blue plates and napkins.
Beatriz da Costa

Arrange the pears facing alternate ways for the prettiest presentation. If an extra-delicious indulgence, top with homemade whipped cream. Store-bought will do in a pinch, too!

Get the recipe: Pressed-crust pear tart

03 of 08

Balsamic Steak With Radicchio and Pears

Balsamic Steak with Radicchio and Pears
Antonis Achilleos

This gourmet, grown-up steak has slices of sweet pear, bitter radicchio, and crumbly bleu cheese. The dish will work just as well as a Friday night splurge or for your next dinner party.

Get the recipe: Balsamic Steak With Radicchio and Pears

04 of 08

Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

Pears with blue cheese and prosciutto
Mikkel Vang

These elegant party appetizers take just 10 minutes to prepare. Rich bleu cheese and salty prosciutto beautifully contrast the crisp sweet pear in what's going to quickly become a dinner party essential.

Get the recipe: Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

05 of 08

Slow Cooker Apple-and-Pear Sauce

Slow cooker apple-and-pear sauce with apples on a cutting board
Greg DuPree

Tender pears and apples blend with aromatic cinnamon and warm vanilla and maple or a delicate and smooth stick-to-your-ribs treat, You'll never buy store-bought apple sauce again!

Get the recipe: Slow cooker pear-and-apple sauce

06 of 08

Pears With Rosemary Sugar

Pears with rosemary sugar served on white plates against a green background.
David Prince

A quick side or sweet fixing that only takes 10 minutes to prepare. To avoid rosemary browning, avoid crushing it. We love that this is a recipe you can whip up on a whim or easily double. A crisp, totally satisfying delight awaits!

Get the recipe: Pears with rosemary sugar

07 of 08

Gingersnap-Pear Cheesecake

Gingersnap-pear cheesecake served on a white plate
Sang An

Ginger-spiked pear slices enhance the flavor of the buttery gingersnap crust. Don't forgot to let the cheesecake cool to room temperature completely before chilling in the refrigerator!

Get the recipe: Gingersnap pear cheesecake

08 of 08

Brown Butter and Vanilla Pear Pie

Brown butter and vanilla pear pie on a dark gray tablescape
Johnny Miller

Impress guests with this beautiful and super flaky brown butter and vanilla pear pie. We promise it looks more fussy than it actually is to make Plus, pair with crisp white bubbles or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if you're feeling indulgent.

Get the recipe: Brown butter and vanilla pear pie

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