Baked Bosc Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnuts Salad

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This salad was inspired by my good friend and a guest chef on our site Tatyana Abel.  She originally came up and recreated an orgasmic dish she had tried many years ago which combines baked bosc pears, blue cheese and walnuts.  The link to her outstanding dish with superb presentation is here if you are interested.  I fell in love with this combination for the salad and well added few ingredients of my own.

They key three ingredients in this type of salad is baked pears, walnuts (with honey) and ofcourse Blue Cheese.  This is such amazing and most delicious combination, even considering the fact that I really don’t like Blue Cheese to begin with:)  But ever since trying this dish, i started liking this sharp and salty cheese.

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“Blue cheese is a blanket term for cheeses which have been inoculated with Penicillium mold cultures, forming dark streaks, patches, or veins of blue-green mold. Some of the most famous cheeses in the world are blue cheeses, including Roquefort, Stilton, and Gorgonzola. As a general rule, blue cheese smells very pungent, and has a strong, tangy flavor. There are a number of culinary uses for blue cheese, which is readily available from most markets.
 
Sometimes blue cheese is seen labeled as “bleu cheese,” a nod to the French word for blue. Generic blue cheese is made by heating milk with rennet so that it curdles, and then stirring the mold in with the curds before pressing them, ensuring that the mold is evenly distributed in the cheese. The curds are pressed in a cheese mold and allowed to sit for several days before holes are made in the cheese to aerate it. Next, the cheese is stored in a cool cheesecave to ripen for three to six months, or longer in some cases, before being packaged for sale.Blue cheese requires careful handling while it is made and processed for sale, and home consumers should also take good care of their blue cheese by keeping it well wrapped and cold.” 
 
Source: What is Blue Cheese? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-blue-cheese.htm.  Retrieved on June 26, 2013
 
Ingredients:
2 Bosc Pears
1/2 Cup of Walnuts
1/3 Cup of Blue Cheese
4 Tablespoons of Honey
2 Cups of Arugula
1 Avocado
2 Cucumbers
1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries
1 Teaspoon of White Balsamic Vinegar
 
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How to make Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnuts Salad:
 
1. Set your oven to 350F to preheat while you wash and get your pears ready by placing them in the foil baskets inside your baking dish.  Then set them to bake for 40 minutes in the oven.  The baking time may vary depending how ripe the pear is, the softer the pear the less cooking time will required.
 

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2.  Meantime wash your arugula, set on the plate and sprinkle it with dried cranberries.

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3.  Then use or Julien Slicer and slice your cucumber in a very thin long strips, but can also just cut it too…up to you:)
 
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4.  Then cut up slices of your avocado.  Can use avocado slicer which is a very convenient tool.  But I didn’t have it available so just did it by hand with my ceramic knife which does an amazing just cutting vegettables.  
 
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5.   Add your avocado and cucumbers to your salad.
 
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6.  Now prepare your nuts by grinding them coarsley through the nut chopper.  I use the one by Progressive which is simple enough to do by hand, easy to clean and which has both fine and coarse grinding options.  Here is a link if you’re interested.   Once your nuts are grinded add your honey and mix them well.
 
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7.  Add your nuts with honey to your salad.
  
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8.  Now cut up your blue cheese and also sprinkle it on the top of your salad.
 
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 9.  When your pears are ready take them out of then oven and cut one of the into pieces.
 
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 10.  Then add them to your salad.  Finally add 1 teaspoon of White Balsamic Reduction and 1/2 a teaspoon of White Balsamic Vinegar to your salad and mix well.  There are different ways your can serve it.  First version is serving it together with your other pear placed in the middle of you salad.
 
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 11.  Another way is by simply mixing everything up and plating your salad.  I also like to use food rings to make it look nicer, you can just add it to your bowl will still be amazingly delicious.
 
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I hope you enjoyed this salad and this recipe combination.  I know there are so many versions of this salad out there…what is your favorite?  Would love to hear your comments and ideas!
 
Love,
 
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Baked Bosc Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnuts Salad
 
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Baked Pears with Blue Cheese, Walnuts in Honey, Dried Cranberries, Cucumber, Avocado and Arugula, drizzled with White Balsamic Reduction and Balsamic Vinegar.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Bosc Pears
  • 1 Cup of Walnuts
  • ⅓ Cup of Blue Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 Cups of Arugula
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • ½ Cup of Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Teaspoon of White Balsamic Vinega
Instructions
  1. Set your oven to 350F to preheat while you wash and get your pears ready by placing them in the foil baskets inside your baking dish. Then set them to bake for 40 minutes in the oven. The baking time may vary depending how ripe the pear is, the softer the pear the less cooking time will required.
  2. Meantime wash your arugula, set on the plate and sprinkle it with dried cranberries.
  3. Then use or Julien Slicer and slice your cucumber in a very thin long strips, but can also just cut it too…up to you:)
  4. Then cut up slices of your avocado. Can use avocado slicer which is a very convenient tool. I didn’t have it available so just did it by hand with my ceramic knife which does an amazing just cutting vegettables.
  5. Add your avocado and cucumbers to your salad.
  6. Now prepare your nuts by grinding them coarsley through the nut chopper. Once your nuts are grinded add your honey and mix them well.
  7. Add your nuts with honey to your salad.
  8. Now cut up your blue cheese and also sprinkle it on the top of your salad.
  9. When your pears are ready take them out of then oven and cut one of the into pieces
  10. Then add them to your salad. Finally add 1 teaspoon of White Balsamic Reduction and ½ a teaspoon of White Balsamic Vinegar to your salad and mix well. There are different ways your can serve it. First version is serving it together with your other pear placed in the middle of you salad.
  11. Another way is by simply mixing everything up and plating your salad. I also like to use food rings to make it look nicer, you can just add it to your bowl will still be amazingly delicious.
  12. Enjoy!
 
 
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