I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week! After a big feasting holiday lighter desserts like these Grilled Pears with Honey-Whipped Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds really start to appeal to me.
It seriously smells as if someone is stirring up some homemade caramel nearby when fresh pear halves begin to sear on a hot panini grill. I couldn’t wait to pull those hot pears off the grill and drop them into a martini glass with the cold Greek yogurt that I’d whipped with a little honey and vanilla. A sprinkling of toasted almonds and an extra drizzle of honey was all I needed to turn a simple set of ingredients into something a little special.
Grilled Pears with Honey-Whipped Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 6 minutes | Total time: 16 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 cup whole Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup whole almonds
- 4 ripe pears, such as D’Anjou or Bosc
- 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
- Whip the yogurt, honey and vanilla in a blender, mini-prep food processor or with an electric mixer until it’s creamy, smooth and shiny, about 2 minutes. Transfer it to a small bowl and refrigerate while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Toast the almonds on a baking sheet at 350°F in a toaster oven or regular oven until they’re fragrant, about 5 minutes. Keep your eye on them so they don’t burn!
- Preheat the panini grill to High (or the highest heat setting).
- Slice each pear in half lengthwise and remove the core (an easy way is to scoop out the core with a teaspoon from your measuring spoon set). Brush a little butter onto the cut sides.
- Place the pears, cut side down, onto the grill and close the lid so that it rests gently on top of the pears. Grill until dark grill marks appear and you can smell the aroma of burnt caramel, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer the pears to individual bowls or martini glasses. Top with a few dollops of the honey-whipped yogurt, sprinkle on a few toasted almonds and drizzle with honey.