Top Chef's Mike Isabella Cooks a Family Holiday Feast
The runner-up in Bravo's hit cooking show shares "Jersey Italian" recipes for a scrumptious holiday dinner.
4. Divide yogurt mixture evenly among 6 glass dishes. Cover tops with plastic wrap and chill several hours or overnight. Top with spiced poached pears and pistachios and serve.
Ingredients for poached pears
½ cup white granulated sugar
½ cup water
6 whole black peppercorns
2 whole cloves
2 whole cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 pears, peeled and chopped into ½-inch cubes
1. Combine sugar, water, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. A syrup will begin to form.
2. Remove spices and discard. Add chopped pears. Continue cooking 5 minutes.
3. Remove pears from heat and let cool before serving over panna cotta.
Makes 6 servings
Per serving: 218 calories, 7 g protein, 42 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 38 g sugar, 159 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 13%.