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PLANKED PEARS WITH BLUE CHEESE and MAPLE RUM SAUCE
Planked Pears With Blue Cheese Recipe
MAPLE RUM SAUCE
- 1/3 cup Dark Rum
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
- 4 Large Ripe Pears
- 1/2 cup Blue Cheese
- 1 Cedar, or Apple Plank (Soaked in water 4 to 24 hrs.)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Port, Sherry or Brandy
- 1/4 cup chopped Walnuts (optional, but really tasty)
First, the rum sauce; In a saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients. Bring to slow simmer on medium high heat, reduce heat to medium and allow to reduce by half. Keep warm to serve with Pears.
Peel and halve pears.
Using a large melon baller, remove core from each half.
Place on baking sheet. If they do not sit well, remove a small slice from the bottom to aid in balance.
Place equal amounts of blue cheese in the hole left by the core.
Sprinkle walnuts on top (optional, but very nice). Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of each pear.
Drizzle with your choice of liquor. Maybe stick closer to your Brandies and liqueur and avoid the tequilas and single-malts for
Heat BBQ, turn heat to med-high, place plank on grills. Wait until slight smoke appears...
... place pears on plank and cook until tender.
Remove from plank. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream drizzled with Maple Rum Sauce.