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Minted Pears

Rated as 3.5 out of 5 Stars

"My grandmother would use food coloring to make red and green pears only at Christmastime, and I enjoy carrying on her tradition. When I prepare this for a salad, I fill the centers with fresh fruit, fruit cocktail or cottage cheese. As a dessert, there are more options...a dab of whipping cream with a cherry on top, a drizzle of chocolate on top of the whipped cream or a scoop of sherbet in a contrasting color. -Mary Selner, Green Bay, Wisconsin"
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20 m servings
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. In a skillet, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; add food coloring and mint extract. Carefully place pears in syrup. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until tender. Place pears in a deep bowl; pour syrup over pears. Make sure pears are completely covered in the syrup to prevent browning. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until serving. Garnish with fresh mint.


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These just didn't taste right to me and they were mushy. Don't overtook them!!

Be sure to add plenty of mint, and don't cook them too much. Their delicious!!