Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pear Dutch Baby and Sour Dough Stuffing with Pears and Sausage

The Pears are gone! After making pear muffins,dried pears, pear butter, pear pancakes, desserts, etc, the pears are finally gone! These were the last two recipes that I made to use up the last of the pears. The Pear Dutch Baby is just an oven pancake that was a great weekend breakfast. It was delicious. I made the stuffing just because I was sick of sweet things and wanted to try a savory dish with pears. Plus, I was thinking now is a good time to test some recipes for the upcoming holidays. This stuffing was a winner. I am definitely going to add it to my Thanksgiving menu. I really liked the subtle flavor the pear added and the sourdough was a nice change too.
Try these out if you have any pears you need to get rid of!

Pear Dutch Baby adapted from Cooking Light
4 Bartlett or Bosc pears, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup skim milk and 1/2 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1Tbls butter, melted
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine sliced pears, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron or heavy ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add pear mixture; sauté 5 minutes or until pears are golden.
Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Place the flour in a large bowl. Combine the milk, granulated sugar, salt, eggs, and melted butter, stirring the mixture well with a whisk. Add the milk mixture to the flour, stirring with a whisk until well-blended.
Pour batter into pan on top of the pears. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until puffy and golden. Cut into wedges and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Sourdough Stuffing with Pears and Sausage from Cooking Light
8 cups (1/2-inch) cubed sourdough bread (about 12 ounces)
1 pound turkey Italian sausage (I used sweet)
Cooking spray
5 cups chopped onion (about 2 pounds)
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled Bartlett pear (about 2 medium)
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425°.Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 9 minutes or until golden. Place in a large bowl.
Remove casings from sausage. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage, and cook for 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add sausage to bread cubes, tossing to combine. Set aside. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrot; sauté 10 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Stir in mushrooms; cook 4 minutes. Stir in pear, basil, tarragon, and salt; cook 4 minutes or until pear begins to soften, stirring occasionally. Add pear mixture to bread mixture, tossing gently to combine. Stir in broth and pepper. Place bread mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; cover with foil. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake stuffing an additional 15 minutes or until top of stuffing is crisp.


Alexa said...

The pears are gone. The pears can't be gone. Why are the pears gone? I am having visions of Pirates of the Caribbean, here... Hopefully, you've seen it and you know what I am talking about (island scene, rum burning...). If not, you must think I am a raging lunatic. :-)
Both recipes you posted make great use of pears and sound delicious.

Lisa said...

Both look great!

Prudy said...

I just made a Dutch baby this weekend with apples, but yours looks better. That stuffing is giving me an early Thanksgiving craving. The flavors sound amazing.

Aggie said...

What an amazing meal Mary Ann! And all from Cooking Light! I am going to have to try this out! YUM!!

The Blonde Duck said...

You must be tired of pears!

Maria said...

Sad the pears are gone, but you made some really tasty things with them!!

Kelley said...

Wow, Mary Ann. Those look absolutely delicious.

By the way, sorry I haven't said much lately. I enjoy all your posts, but rarely have time to comment these days.

Audrey said...

Gorgeous recipes for my favorite fruit! Thanks!