Pear & Red Onion Gratin

Pear & Red Onion Gratin

Bosc pears are strong-flavored and hold their shape when cooked, making them well suited for this savory side dish. It's a terrific accompaniment for a glazed ham or grilled sausage or most any roasted meat or poultry.

From EatingWell: October/November 2006
Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours


  1. 1 large red onion
  2. 3 ripe Bosc pears
  3. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  7. 1 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note)
  8. 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  1. Fill a large bowl three-quarters full with water; add a handful of ice cubes. Cut onion into 16 wedges, place in a strainer and lower into the water. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Halve and core each pear; cut each half into 6 slices. Drain the onion wedges well and place them in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish along with the pear slices, 1 tablespoon oil, thyme, salt and a grinding of pepper; toss to combine. Cover with foil.
  4. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring twice.
  5. Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a small bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil; stir to combine. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the gratin, return to the oven and roast until the breadcrumbs are well browned, 20 to 30 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 188 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 3 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 225 mg sodium; 215 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value).

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1 fat