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Spiced Red Wine-Poached Pears

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry red wine, such as Cabernet or Merlot
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-inch-by-3-inch strip orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 firm, ripe pears

Instructions

  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, combine wine, sugar, orange juice, zest, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. While liquid is simmering, peel pears, leaving stems intact. Slice 1/2 inch off the base of pears to create a flat bottom. Gently place pears in liquid, cover, and simmer, turning every 5 minutes, until pears are cooked but still firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from saucepan and set aside.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook the liquid until it is thickened and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Pour sauce over pears and chill at least 3 hours before serving.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 185 calories, 1g protein, 45g carbohydrate, 1g fat (0g saturated), 4g fiber

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