The other day my partner in cuisine crime and I were talking about peach cobbler. We started discussing the use of canned peaches versus fresh and that put us on the tangent of which canned fruits we like.
I talked about my love of fruit cocktail, especially the maraschino cherry halves.
Then, my partner in cuisine crime said, “I love canned pears… with just a dollop of mayo.”
I waited for him to correct himself.
I mean, we were on our way to dinner so I figured savory foods were on his mind and that’s why he mentioned mayo.
Several seconds went by without a correction, so I finally said, “Mayo?!?”
He said, “Yes!”
I sat there stunned.
Who eats canned (or fresh for that matter) pears with mayonnaise?
It gets better.
He told me that his mom always topped canned pear halves with a dollop of mayo in the hole, some shredded cheese, and a maraschino cherry half.
I kept waiting for the punch line but there wasn’t one.
A quick internet search showed me that this is a Southern family tradition.
This dish really made me feel like a Yankee.
I just didn’t get it.
So I had to try it.
I took one bite, and after seeing my face, my partner in cuisine crime said, “It tastes like a canned pear with mayo, right?”
It wasn’t bad. It was weird.
I’d love to know the origin of this… Salad.
Is it a quick fix for the family on a budget?
Did a mom need a fast side for a Sunday potluck?
Do you have the answer?
Tip: Read the can’s label thoroughly before buying. On our first trip to the store we ended up with pears sweetened by Splenda. There was just a tiny Splenda emblem on the label. Who wants artificially sweetened canned fruit? Not me.