Have you ever had friends over for a dinner party and you’re left with all this wine? You could drink it yourself, but I personally think if it’s old wine, just cook with it! One of my favorite ways to use up old red wine is making poached pears. It looks so decadent and yet it’s so simple to make.
The secret to this is making sure you get really firm pears. Even use pears that aren’t ripe yet is great. Since they will be cooking in the wine for a long time, you don’t want to use ripe pears, as they will get really mushy fast.
You can serve this with some mascarpone cream, whipped cream, or ice cream. Or if you’re like me, just eat it as it. It’s seriously that good.
Red Wine Poached Pears
- 4 cups red wine
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 large orange
- 4 pears
- Wash and slice the orange. Place orange slices and peel into a medium saucepan. Add red wine, granulated sugar, and cinnamon stick. Cook until it reaches a low simmer.
- Peel the pears (stems intact) and lower slowly into the saucepan. Cook for 25-30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes to ensure all sides of the pear is evenly coated. Serve warm or chilled.