Spiced Red Wine–Poached Pears


  • 4 ripe but still firm pears
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • Rinse and peel the pears leaving the stem. Using a corer or melon baller, remove the cores from underneath without going through the top so you can maintain the stem. Brush the pears inside and out with the lemon juice.
  • Combine the wine, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and ginger in Instant Pot®. Press the Sauté button and then hit the Adjust button to change the temperature to More. Bring to a slow boil in about 3–5 minutes; stir to blend and dissolve the sugar. Carefully place the pears in liquid. Press Adjust button to change temperature to Less and simmer unlidded for 5 additional minutes. Lock lid.
  • Press Manual button and adjust time to 3 minutes. Use the Pressure button to set the pressure to Low.
  • When the timer beeps, quick-release pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to a serving platter. Garnish with mint sprig.
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