Salt Slab-Grilled Pears with Amaretti

Salt Slab-Grilled Pears with Amaretti

Other Recipes from Project Fire Episode 313: Raichlen’s Rules: Desserts

Amaretti-stuffed pears grilled on primordial slabs of salt. The salt slab accentuates the sweetness of the pears. Serve this with Smoked Whipped Cream.


Salt Slab-Grilled Pears with Amaretti

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Equipment: 4 individual salt slabs, hand-held smoker


  • 12 to 15 amaretti cookies (for 1 ½ cups crumbled cookies)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 4 large ripe pears
  • 1 cut lemon (optional)

Recipe Steps

1: Make the filling: Place the cookies, sugar, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a food processor and grind to coarse crumbs. Add the butter and grind to a coarse paste.

2: Start with ripe pears (the sort that smell incredibly fragrant and feel gently yielding when pressed). Cut each in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or spoon, remove the seeds and core. If you plan to prepare the pears ahead of time, rub the cut parts with lemon to keep them from browning.

3: Spoon the filling into the hollowed pears. The pears can be prepared several hours ahead to this stage.

4: Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Preheat the salt slabs away from direct flame according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Note: Salt slabs exposed to extreme temperatures can crack or explode, so try to heat the slabs gradually.

5: Place 2 pear halves on each heated salt slab. Grill away from the heat. Close the lid and indirect grill until the pears are browned and soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Insert a metal skewer to test for doneness. It should pierce the fruit easily. Serve the pears on the salt slabs.

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