Are you looking for a quick dessert for you holiday meal?
Here''s something quick and easy, and DELICIOUS.
I've never taken a picture of mine so I had to borrow something similar from the internet.
I found this image at Well Being.
All you need is a few pears, a bottle of champagne or white wine,
(apple cider if you're serving them to the kids), a small bag of shelled pistachios, a bag of caramels, and a wee bit of milk.
(Personally, I use Reisling because I love the flavor.)
Peel your pears and leave them whole, put them in a large bowl, and then empty the bottle of wine in the bowl.
Cover and refrigerate. Let marinate for about 2 hours.
While they're marinating, put your bag of caramels in a small sauce pan and melt over low-medium heat.
When they've started to melt, add about 1/8th a cup of milk. Stir until smooth. Set in refrigerator.
Put the pears on a cookie sheet. Pour any extra wine in the bottom of the pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and drain any excess liquid from the pan.
Spoon the caramel over your pears from the top. Don't worry about being too careful because it's going to melt and drizzle down the pears anyway.
Bake for about 5-8 minutes.
At the same time, you need to prepare the pistachios.
Put your pistachios in a baggie and smash them with a hammer, rolling pin, or coffee cup.
You just want to break them up a bit, like baking pecans.
Put those on a separate cookie sheet.
When you put the pears back in the oven, put the nuts on the rack furthest away from the heat.
(You don't want them to burn, so keep an eye on them.)
When the pears and the nuts are done, remove from oven.
Scoop up the nuts with a spoon and shake across the tops of the pears while the caramel is still warm.
Serve in a bowl with a bit of ice cream if you want.
I serve them in a bowl and put a little maricino cherry juice in the bottom for color.
Let me know if you make some. I'd love to know what you think.