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What Goes Good with Pears?

You'll find amazing food to pair with pears in this article. From fruits to chocolates, you'll surely turn your pears into mouthwatering treats!

Fresh pears on grey background.

It’s not always easy to find complementary flavors when it comes to food. I tend to stick to what I know – and that’s not a whole lot! Pears are super versatile fruits that can pair with various edibles; let’s find out what goes well with pears.

Pears go well with allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, star anise, tarragon, chives, mint, rosemary, and thyme. It further pairs with almond, chestnut, hazelnut, pistachio, and walnut. Use pears with blue cheese, brie, feta, goat’s cheese, halloumi, parmesan, ricotta, or sour cream.

And that’s not all! Believe it or not, the list goes on. I’ve done some reading on different ways of using pears to create flavorful snacks or dishes with pears and was pleasantly surprised by the number of results I got.

What Is Good To Eat With Pears?

Pears and pork chops, closed up shot.

Pears: autumn goodness wrapped in fruit of similar colors. Biting into one of these fiber-loaded fruits often satisfies the taste buds sufficiently.  That shouldn’t keep you from experimenting with different flavors to make eating this particular one of your five-a-day a bit more interesting.

Sweet, savory, or spicy – pears will have you covered. There is a place on the table from appetizer to dessert. Its subtly sweet flavor and easily adaptable texture attribute to the versatility of this fruit. Pears can often be used as a replacement in any recipe that requires the use of apples.

A variety of herbs and spices are known to complement the taste of a pear. Try allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, nutmeg, and star anise for a spicier and more aromatic flavor pairing. Are you looking for something a bit fresher in flavor? Then basil, mace, mint, parsley, rosemary, and tarragon are your top choices.

Don’t underestimate the simplicity of the common pear. Below, I have set up a flavor combination food category breakdown compiled from the websites I researched to reference different food items that go with pears.

  1. Fruits that go well with pears:

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Dates
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Guava
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lychee
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Prune
  • Rambutan
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Quince
  • Strawberry
  1. Vegetables that go well with pears:

  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Radicchio
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Shallot
  • Spinach
  1. Herbs and spices that go well with pears:

  • Allspice
  • Cardamom
  • Chives
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Star anise
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  1. Nuts, legumes, and seeds that go well with pears:

  • Almond
  • Chestnut
  • Chickpea
  • Hazelnut
  • Macadamia
  • Peanut
  • Pecan
  • Pinenut
  • Pistachio
  • Walnut
  1. Protein that goes well with pears:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Pork
  1. Diary that goes well with pears:

  • Blue cheese
  • Brie
  • Butter
  • Creme fraiche
  • Feta
  • Goats cheese
  • Halloumi
  • Mascarpone
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Ricotta
  • Sour cream
  1. Alcoholic beverages that go well with pears:

  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Calvados
  • Creme de cassis
  • Champagne
  • Grand Marnier
  • Kirsch
  • Pear brandy
  • Port Red wine
  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  1. Other flavorings that go well with pears:

  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla

Cooked or fresh from the market, pears will keep you entertained when considering the above combination possibilities. Furthermore, pears will satisfy meat-eaters as well as those who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle.

How Can I Use Sweet Flavors With Pears?

Poached chocolate pears, closed up shot.

For the sweet-tooths out there, pears are a wonderland of desserts and snacks. The first thing that came to my mind when I thought of sweetness and pears, was caramel. Warm pears with a caramel sauce or caramelized on the pan with your favorite nuts and honey sprinkled over.

Chocolate is probably one of the most popular sweets on this planet—Bake pears into your chocolate cake for a deliciously moist treat. Spoil yourself with a chocolate and pear tart – add some of your favorite liquor if you’re feeling adventurous.

Poached pears are fabulous and sure to be the bell of the bowl. Use vanilla in the preparations or be daring and let them soak up the red wine to create a poached pear paradise. Ice cream is never a bad option to add to poached pears. Go for vanilla or caramel-flavored ice cream to complement the profile of the dish.

Here are a few recipes to get you started on your sweet pear journey:

What Savory Flavors Are Good With Pears?

Top view of steak salad with slices of pears.

If I’m honest, savory dishes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when I consider this fruit. Nevertheless, pears are proving to be quite the show-stopper. Meat-lovers will enjoy the flavor combinations, especially.

Be it beef, pork, or chicken – pears have it all to bring out the best side of your dish. Use chopped pears in your stuffing for meat or even mushrooms. You can add wedges of pear into your mix of vegetables before you oven roast them.

Here are some savory dish ideas to make with pears and their associated recipe link:

These are just a few that got my attention. Have a look at more recipe ideas here.

What Cheese Does Pear Go With?

Pears and blue cheese, closed up shot.

A cheeseboard always has the staples: cheese, crackers, olives, maybe some grapes. Adding pears to the spread creates a more diverse texture and flavor profile. Cheese brings out particular goodness in pears that other pairings don’t.

There are many different types of pears and even more variety in cheese types. Even so, it will be easy to find a good combination between the two. Feel free to pick a few of your favorite cheeses in different texture groups and use them on your cheeseboard or in one of your dishes.

Conclusion

Autumn comes and brings us pears made of dreams. Pears are delicious by themselves but also extraordinarily versatile when it comes to the food spectrum. A big range of spices, herbs, nuts, dairies, proteins, vegetables, and other fruits complement pears. Replace apples for pears in your recipes, for a simple switch-up of flavor.

Pears can be combined with other tastes raw, or they can be cooked or baked. Sweet, savory, or spicy options will work in both instances. Refer back to the flavor combination table included in this article at any time you need more guidance. Have fun creating something deliciously different!

References:

The Baker’s Almanac: The Ultimate Fruit Flavor Pairing Chart

BuzzFeed: 29 Delicious Ways To Eat More Pears

The Devil Wears Salad: WHAT GOES WELL WITH PEAR?

Cheese Connoisseur: Perfect Pear Preparations