Monday, November 28, 2011

BLUSHING PEARS

These pears are considered a salad but would also make a good dessert.  This is another old recipe from my Hoosier days!

1 can pear halves, drained
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 pkg. (3-oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 tbs. chopped maraschino cherries

Drain pears and pineapple.  Work cream cheese until soft then blend with the nuts, pineapple, and cherries.  Spread the filling between two pear halves and press pears together.  Chill.  Stand pears upright on crisp lettuce leaves to serve.  Garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.  Makes 4 salads.  If your pear halves are large, you may want to add more filling and use each half as a salad serving.

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