Apples and pears, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 

These crowd-pleasing fruit are as healthy as they are versatile. In addition to being low in calories, both are high in fiber, vitamin C and bursting with antioxidants. In the kitchen, apples and pears can take center stage in sweet as well as savory recipes. Poached, grilled, baked, or simply raw, apples and pears deliver a jolt of sweetness and acidity that pleases the palate and satisfies the senses.

As the weather turns colder and the holidays approach, apples and pears make the perfect addition to warming and comforting dishes. To help you enjoy them in fresh and exciting ways, we’ve selected 10 generous savory recipes to try at home: 

Apple Recipes: 

Stuffed Acorn

Stuffed acorn squash  

Meltingly delicious oven-roasted acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, apples, vegetables, dried cranberries and toasted pecans.  

Suggested apple variety: Gala 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Cornbread with caramelized apples and onions 

Delight your friends and family with this golden-baked skillet cornbread topped with decadent caramelized apples and onions.  

Suggested apple variety: Pink Lady 

Source: Bon Appetit

Cheddar, Apple and pastrami grilled cheese  

This gooey comfort food sandwich marries the sweetness of apples with the saltiness of pastrami and white cheddar. 

Suggested apple variety: Honeycrisp 

Source: Fine Cooking  

Miso-glazed chicken burgers with cabbage-apple slaw 

A crowd-pleasing light chicken burger patty, layered with crisp cabbage-apple slaw and a grilled, miso-drizzled sesame bun. 

Suggested apple variety: Red Delicious 

Source: Country Living 

Curried Apple Soup  

Sip on this flavorful tart, spicy and creamy soup to warm the winter days; a generous and simple dish to share with others.  

Suggested apple variety: Granny Smith 

Source: Martha Stewart 

Pear Recipes:

Pear Gorgonzola Flatbread

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread  

Wow guests with this stunning appetizer showcasing whole wheat pizza dough, sweet onions, luscious pears, tangy blue cheese and crunchy walnuts. 

Suggested pear variety: Bosc 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Prosciutto-wrapped pork with sweet potatoes and pears  

Indulgent prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin plays nice with pear and sweet potato wedges in this easy yet elegant recipe.  

Suggested pear variety: Red Bartlett 

Source: Real Simple  

Pan-fried duck breast with creamed cabbage, chestnuts and caramelized pear 

A holiday showstopper featuring crisp pan-fried duck, creamy cabbage, chestnuts and gorgeous caramelized pear. 

Suggested pear variety: Anjou or Concorde 

Source: BBC Good Food  

Savory bread stuffing with pears 

This year, take your turkey to the next level with this original sweet-savory bread stuffing with pancetta, fennel, and pear. 

Suggested pear variety: Bartlett or d’Anjou 

Source: Good Housekeeping 

Roasted pears with brie and pistachios 

These oven-roasted pears with melted brie, honey mustard and a sprinkling of pistachio make a wonderful side to complement roast pork or lamb. 

Suggested pear variety: Bosc 

Source: Eating Well

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