Pears with Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream

This morning was the first morning I felt a really serious nip in the air…the kind that makes you think that you really DO need to put away your summer clothes, and it actually IS time to start at least thinking about your holiday shopping list.  And if you are me, your holiday menus.  For me, one of the best parts about thinking about holiday menus is that I need to road-test them.  And by road-test, I mean feed them to the Southern husband and then pepper him with a million questions about them. Which is just what happened with these pears with roast beef and horseradish cream.

Now I’m the first to admit, this is not your ordinary nibble.  And depending on the size of the pear you go with, it can actually take the place of a salad course, or even be a perfect, easy little lunch in between shopping trips to the mall.

But if you use relatively little pears (I love Anjou pears for this one), they make a delicious, dramatic appetizer that will look and taste great at your holiday shin-digs. The sweet pear, the spicy, tangy horseradish sauce and the roast beef…somehow these all team up to make a pear version of the best roast beef sandwich you’ve ever tasted.  It’s like magic.

So here’s the drill – you need nice ripe pears and thinly sliced rare roast beef from your deli counter.  Whip up the sauce by stirring together some sour cream with a generous amount of horseradish.  Now slice the pears in half, arrange a little roast beef on top, spoon on some sauce, and garnish with a little parsley and cracked pepper.

This is a hearty snack, so if you want to make things a little daintier, you can core the pears, slice them into 1/2 inch rounds and make smaller versions.  Personally, I think the more the merrier, but I am not the dainty type.  But if you are…that’s an option!

Now I guess I really should go and put my sundresses away, right?

Pears with Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream
Serves: 8 appetizer or salad servings, depending on the size of your pears
  • 4 pears
  • ¼ pound rare, thinly sliced roast beef
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish
  • Fresh parsley and cracked pepper for garnish
  1. Mix sour cream and horseradish together
  2. Cut each pear in half lengthwise
  3. Assemble by arranging a slice of roast beef on each pear half, topped with a generous spoonful of horseradish cream and some parsley and cracked pepper for garnish
  4. Serve at once!

Lightly adapted from Real Simple


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  1. Nancy says

    I looked at the title of this very quickly this morning, without reading the recipe. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home, and bought the ingredients for what I thought was a pear, roast beef, horseradish cream sandwich. Let me tell you, this makes a mighty fine sandwich, too. Had it on a soft sub roll and added some lettuce,

    • Kate says

      I love it!!! Some of the best unexpected recipes turn up this way, don’t they? Now I have a whole new sandwich to try. :)

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