Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Strong blue cheese with sweet poached pear......

Crozier blue cheese, poached pear in red wine, spinach, walnuts and honey dressing

This is a striking good looking salad, the red of the pear, white of the cheese and the green spinach all come together with ease. And the best thing of all it eats so well.
Crozier is a blue sheep's milk cheese that is made by the Grubb family in Co. Tipperary; it is a strong salty cheese that is addictive.
Serves 6
3 pears
400ml of red wine
1 cinnamon stick
2tblsp of sugar
300g crozier blue
120g baby spinach
60g walnuts
1 tblsp of Dijon mustard
1 tblsp of honey
1 tblsp of white wine vinegar
100ml of olive oil

Peel the pears and core them, poach in the red wine, sugar and cinnamon until they are just cooked and have taken on a deep red colour.
Now make the dressing by combining the honey, mustard and vinegar in a bowl, whisk in the olive oil slowly until it comes together.
To bring the salad together slice the pears in six length ways, crumble the cheese and arrange on a plate with the spinach and the walnuts, drizzle the dressing over the salad and enjoy..

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