Vegetarian Hot Stilton and Pear Salad Recipe
Stilton and Pears, a Great Combination.
Fruit and cheese have been served together for hundreds of years and rightly so they are an amazing blend of tastes and texture. Stilton and pears is a traditional combination that always tastes wonderful together. When the stilton is soft and slightly warm and the pears are griddled as they are in this salad recipe then this truly is a combination to make the mouth water.
Pears are a good source of fibre and are high in vitamin C, they are also thought to help lower high blood pressure.
The very best way that I’ve found to cook this hot stilton and pear salad dish is in a large, heavy-based griddle pan, the striped pattern that griddling leaves on the pears really makes this dish look special.
A griddle pan, because of the way the ridges help the food to sit above the oil, is also a very healthy way to cook. It’s fast too which is always a good thing for today’s busy lifestyles.
The ingredients given here will serve four people, allow one pear per person and two ounces of Stilton. This salad makes a wonderful starter or a light lunch.
- 4 firm pears, dessert if possible
- 6 walnuts, chopped
- 8oz stilton, crumbled
- 4tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 4tbls lemon juice
- bag mixed salad leaves
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Put your griddle pan on the stove to heat up, drizzle in a little bit of olive oil or walnut oil to prevent the pears from sticking.
- Cut each pear into quarters and remove the stalk and the tough fibrous core and seeds. There is no need to peel the pears, in fact, the peel to keep them together as they cook so leave it on.
- Cook the pears for about one minute each side, they should have a nice striped pattern on them when they are cooked enough. Remove the pears from the heat and sprinkle the fresh lemon juice over them, cover lightly with a little foil to keep them warm.
- Put the chopped walnut pieces into the griddle pan and lightly toast for a couple of minutes.
- On serving plates pile up the mixed salad leaves and then arrange the griddled pears on top. Sprinkle over the toasted walnut pieces and the crumbled stilton, the heat from the pears will warm the cheese slightly and release the full flavour of the stilton.
- Season to taste and then drizzle over the olive oil or the walnut oil if you have it. Serve immediately with some crusty bread. Enjoy.
© 2011 Galaxy Harvey