GRILLED OR BROILED FRESH PEARS,
4 to 6 servings
Arrange pear halves, cavity-side down, on a grill rack, about 10 inches or highest grill level above heat source, over slow charcoal coals (very ash gray and glowing) or at the low setting of a gas grill. Grill for about 3 to 5 minutes; turn (over) pear halves and continue grilling for about 3 to 5 minutes to lightly brown fruit. Transfer pear halves, cavity-side up, to a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Fill each pear cavity with ½ teaspoon butter and ½ teaspoon brown sugar, if desired drizzle 1 teaspoon brandy or sherry or liqueur of choice over each pear half, if desired. Sprinkle each lightly with nutmeg, if desired. Continue to grill for 5 to 7 minutes or until peaches are fork tender (about 3 minutes for mango wedges).
Pears may also be broiled on a grill rack lined with aluminum foil in a broiler pan. Fill each pear half cavity with butter, brown sugar, and brandy or sherry before broiling for 5 to 7 minutes or until fruits are fork tender and sprinkle each lightly with nutmeg. Serve hot.
Note: May microwave pear halves in a shallow heat-proof glass or ceramic baking dish, loosely covered in plastic wrap, at HIGH power for 3 minutes prior to grilling or broiling, if desired, to shorten grilling or broiling time, if desired.
Variation: Omit nutmeg; use a sprinkle of saffron on pears