2 organic green pears
1 pack Prosciutto - I used Applegate Farms brand
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp. maple syrup
Fresh mint, to garnish
For the Pears:
Preheat your oven to a high broil. Cut pears into quarters removing the core and stems. Cut your prosciutto length wise and use those pieces to wrap around the center of your pears. Place on a baking sheet or dish and put on the top wrack to broil for approximately 3-5 minutes or until edges begin to brown and prosciutto begins to crackle. (I recommend leaving the oven door open and checking it frequently to prevent burning).
For the Balsamic Reduction:
While your pears are cooking, pour the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring the entire time. Reduce to a medium heat and let it reduce to about 50%. It can continue to bubble and boil slightly, just make sure you're stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and burning. This will take about 5-8 minutes. Once the vinegar begins to thicken slightly (when you tip your pan it will run slowly down the bottom), remove it from heat and let it thicken. To speed this process, you can put it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes.
To put it all together:
To plate it, take several mint leaves from your fresh plant and spread them around evenly. Place your pears over the mint leaves. With a spoon, drizzle your reduction over the top of the pears in whatever creative design you would like. Don't think too hard about it! I recommend adding some raw cheese if you can tolerate it and a nice glass of dry white wine to combat the sweetness of the glaze. Enjoy!