This is one of my go-to, easy recipes to go with casseroles, meat loaf, quiche, and other comfort foods. The contrast of the cold, sweet pears and the creamy cottage cheese make this a wonderful accompaniment to almost any hot dish, and I think they look so cheerful on the plate. Yum!
to serve approximately 10 people (2 stuffed pear halves each)
1/2 head chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce
2 ( 29 oz.) cans pear halves in syrup or juice, drained well
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup real mayonnaise
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Wash, blot, and chop lettuce. Place a bed of it on a large, pretty serving platter.
Drain pear halves. Arrange over the lettuce so the cut sides are up.
Gently mix the cottage cheese and mayonnaise together in a bowl until well combined. Scoop a little of this mixture on to each pear half. Top each with some of the shredded cheddar cheese.
Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours prior to serving.