Roasted Pears with Melted Camembert and Wine Reduction


To check for the correct consistency when reducing wine – let cool – and coat the back of spoon. It is ready when the liquid holds its shape after running your finger down the back of the spoon.



  • 4 pears halved and pit removed
  • 1 tbls. sugar
  • 1 tbls. fresh thyme
  • 1 tbls. grape seed oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces Old Chatham Camembert
  • 2 cups Johnson Estate Port Wine


  1. In a mixing bowl combine pears, sugar, thyme, grape seed oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Toss until well combined.
  3. Lay pears out on a small sheet tray, and roast in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a small saucepan (1 quart), reduce the port wine to syrup consistency.
  5. Portion 1 oz. pieces of camembert and gently flatten with the palm of your hand.
  6. Place one piece of cheese atop each half of the pear and allow to melt, about 1 minute.
  7. Drizzle pears with the port wine reduction and serve.
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