Warm Pears and Baby Greens with Chèvre Medallions
This super-easy warm salad is a beautiful way to utilize the last of the season's pears and celebrate the first-of-the-season baby greens.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil Add to list
- 1 medium shallot, peeled and sliced Add to list
- 2 medium pears, quartered, cored and sliced Add to list
- 2 to 3 sage leaves, chopped Add to list
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped Add to list
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup Add to list
- 1/4 teaspoon ground clove Add to list
- 3 tablespoons sherry wine or white balsamic vinegar Add to list
- Salt and cracked black pepper to taste Add to list
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Add to list
- 4 to 6 cups mixed baby greens or baby spinach Add to list
Primrose Chèvre Cheese Medallions
Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and stir-fry the shallot for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pears and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more until the pears are lightly crisp tender. Stir in the sage and hazelnuts.
In a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup, clove and vinegar and season with the salt and pepper. Stir in the oil. Turn the heat to low and add this mixture to the shallots and pears to make a nice dressing for your salad.
Have all of the ingredients for your salad ready and at the last minute toss the greens with the warm dressing. Divide between 4 to 6 plates and garnish with the Primrose Chèvre Cheese Medallions (below). This salad is delicious when served with grilled chicken breast, seared scallops, halibut or salmon!
For Primrose Chèvre Cheese Medallions
Divide the chèvre into 4 portions and roll each into a ball. Lay a small square of plastic wrap on a work surface. Place a primrose, pretty face down, on the plastic wrap. You may also place a small sprig of thyme or rosemary next to the flower.
Press one ball of cheese firmly on top of the flower, to about 1/2 inch thickness, smoothing the edges into a round medallion. Bring the plastic wrap up around the edges and enclose the medallion to make it airtight. (You may tuck it into a small ramekin to act as a mold for the shape of your medallion.) Repeat with the other flowers and cheese.
Refrigerate until ready to use. To serve, invert the medallions so the flower is on top and remove the plastic wrap.
Recipe by, PCC Chef
Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe" show aired on February 27, 2009