Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce
Grilled fruit is a sure sign that summer is on its way. These grilled pears are filled with caramel and chocolate before grilling so that everything heats up and the sauce gets decadently hot and gooey. Today I’m also sharing 9 more tasty summer pear recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. And we have an amazing giveaway for you of a $150 Visa Gift Card and a big box full of Taylor’s Gold Pears. This recipe and the giveaway are sponsored by Taylor’s Gold Pears.
For the last five years, the cutlery rack in my dishwasher has been full of steak knives that have rarely been dirtied by steak. Instead my steak knives cut chicken, carrots, tomatoes, grapes, doughnuts, pretty much every food from my fridge and pantry. This is because I’m the mother of two small children who like to have their food cut into small pieces. The steak knife is my tool of choice for all their finicky cutting needs. Many many finicky cutting needs.
It is therefore hardly surprising that inspiration for a new recipe struck while I was wielding a steak knife.
Last week I was getting some pears ready for the kids. I cut them in half and then scooped the core out with a spoon. I was about to start slicing when the pear valleys in each half called out to me. They said, “Fill us! Fill us now!”
I warmed up some peanut butter and drizzled it into the holes.
The kids liked the peanut butter and pear idea. But they had trouble eating them (because they weren’t cut up into small pieces, of course). I wound up cutting extra pair slices for them to dip into their little pear bowls. They ate the dipped pear slices but left the pear halves intact.
I decided that a filled pear might be better for adults than for kids. And that the pears needed a bit of softening to make them easier to eat when filled.
I popped some pear halves onto the grill to see if that would soften them enough. It did! And the flavor of grilled pear turned out to be a real treat – it reminded me a bit of campfire marshmallows, all sweet and toasty.
I decided to fill the pears with caramel sauce (the store-bought kind) before grilling them. To make it a bit more special, I added some chocolate chips. Magic. While the pears brown on the bottoms, the caramel and chocolate inside get hot and gooey.
Oh, and don’t worry, nobody will need a steak knife to cut up this dessert. The pears get soft and buttery from being grilled. Your fork will slide through the pear easily, and a glorious puddle of caramel and chocolate will soon cover your plate. (Best to add some ice cream to catch those drips).
Before sharing the recipe, I want to tell you more about the pears I used, about a giveaway I have going on today and about more giveaways throughout the summer.
For this recipe I used Taylor’s Gold Pears. These pears come from New Zealand and are at the peek of freshness from April until July, making them the perfect choice for summer recipes. They’re very juicy and sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. When heated, they get soft enough to cut with a fork.
To try them, look for them at your grocery store AND enter to win today’s giveaway for a big box of pears shipped right to your door. Plus, the winner will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card. It gets better.
Come back on June 25th and on July 30th for more recipes and for giveaways overflowing with fresh New Zealand fruit and more Visa Gift Cards.
There’s more! Every entry in today’s giveaway and in the June 25th and July 30th giveaways will be entered to win our Grand Prize of a Vitamix Blender and a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card.
To enter today’s giveaway (and in doing so, enter to win the Grand Prize) scroll down to the bottom of this post and fill in the entry form.
Do you want more prizes? We’re also giving away some Visa Gift Cards tomorrow night during out #loveNZfruit Twitter Party. Follow the hashtag #loveNZfruit from 8-9pm Easter on Thursday May 29 to learn more about New Zealand fruits. Tweet using the hashtag for your chance to win.
And now, here’s my recipe for Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce.
- 4 Taylor’s Gold Pears
- 4 Tbsp. caramel sauce
- 32 chocolate chips
- 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- Prepare grill for medium-heat direct cooking.
- Cut pears in half. Set pears cut side down. Cut a flat ¼ inch slice off of the roundest part of the pear (this is so that the pears will be less likely to tip over on the grill). Flip pears over. Use a spoon to scoop out the core from each pear half, making a round bowl in each, approximately the size of a half golf ball.
- Transfer pears to a flat tray. Pour 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce into the bowl of each pear. Add 8 chocolate chips to each.
- Use tongs and a metal lifter to carefully transfer the pears to the grill. Cover the grill, opening it to check on the pears occasionally. Cook pears until pears have softened, dark grill marks appear on the bottoms and the chocolate chips have melted. Use a small spoon to stir the chocolate into the caramel in each pear half. Use tongs and metal lifter to remove pears from grill. Serve each person 2 pear halves and 1 scoop of ice cream.
Looking for more summery pear recipes? Here are 9 pear recipes from some of my favorite bloggers:
Cranberry Pear Scones with Orange Glaze from It’s Yummi!
Pickled Pear Sorbetto by Pastry Chef Online
Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup by Cooking with Books
Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies by Big Bear’s Wife
Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles by Around My Family Table
Pear Caramelized Onion and Brie Bites by Real Housemoms
White Chicken Naan Pizza with Sauteed Pears & Gorgonzola by Climbing Grier Mountain
Muddled Pear Moscow Mule by Doughmesstic
Pear Gorgonzola Easy Ravioli by Nutmeg Nanny