Behind my parents’ house, there are two pear trees. When they planted them in their beautiful garden, several years ago, they thought they’d be picking a few pears in the fall, no more than that. Enough to make a pie or two, a small cake, or maybe eat a few as is. Plus, fruit trees are just so lovely.
Little did they know that pear trees are very fertile. With only two timber beauties in the yard, they were picking pears by the hundreds. Needless to say, at our place, pear season is the new apple season. My mother shares her bountiful pickings with neighbours, friends, family… Our kitchen is like a factory. On top of making dozens of pear pies for the winter, she makes cakes, jams, sauces, pizzas, and even at that she still has more than she can shake a stick at!
Since they’ve become masters of all things pear, this year they said to me: You really have to try pear fries!
Me, hesitant: Fries?
Them: Yeah, yeah! With flavoured yogurt, it’s to die for!
And what a great idea it was. Thanks to them, my fridge is loaded with pears, and thanks to you, I have to get creative with yogurt! So let’s get to it, pear fries it is!
And my parents weren’t kidding. So good! Out with the sweet potatoes, in with pear fries!
- As needed canola oil (quantity dependent on size of deep fryer)
- 1 fresh sage leaf, thinly chopped
- ¼ tsp. (1 ml) ground black pepper