Cranberry and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears

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Goat cheese and mascerated cranberries stuffed inside pears and roasted to perfection with a crumble oatmeal topping.



Cranberry Filling:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

Baked Pears:

  • 4 medium red or green Bartlett pears
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Oat Topping:

  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Goat Cheese Filling:

  • 4-ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat cranberries, ¼ cup water and sugar to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook about 7-8 minutes, until cranberries just start to soften and mixture has slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. Trim a very thin slice off each side of the pears (so they don't roll around in the baking dish). Cut each pear in half lengthwise. Hollow just the center of the pears with a melon baller or spoon, creating a cavity for the filling. Rub each pear with lemon juice. Bake 17-20 minutes, until just tender (if pear is ripe, it will take less time to cook).
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together oats, walnuts, cinnamon, melted butter and brown sugar. Place a spoonful of oat mixture on each pear. Spread the oat mixture out on the prepared baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until toasted. Set aside and let slightly cool. Break the oat crumble apart into pieces.
  5. In another small bowl, beat goat cheese and honey with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  6. Place a spoonful of goat cheese mixture into each baked pear. Place a spoonful of cranberry mixture into each pear, on top of the goat cheese mixture. Top each with a few spoonfuls of the toasted oat crumble.
  7. Drizzle with additional honey, if desired. Serve immediately.


Cooking Tip: Use a melon baller to scoop out the pear core.