Stuffed Roasted Pear Salad

October 10, 2012

A few weeks back I ordered a salad to-go and when I got home, I noticed they missed the blue cheese crumbles that were part of the salad. Ohh no! What a sad sad moment that was. From then on I was unable to enjoy my salad, I just kept thinking how they had screwed up.

But thinking back to that tragic moment, I now ask, ‘tragic’? Really? Why was it tragic? Why did I ruin the enjoyment of my meal just because something did not happen as planned. We tend to do that a lot and is really not healthy for us or those around us. This was a great salad, it had other great toppings like avocado and bacon. Wasn’t the bacon enough? In the pursuit of perfection, we risk missing out on the value of other beautiful things in our life. We need to remember, that no one is perfect and no one will ever be.

So, let’s all work towards a place of contentment. This is not settling, I am talking about a place where we can balance the ups and downs of life without allowing the external circumstances affect our happiness, our loved ones and certainly not the way we enjoy a salad. So as I keep working towards my dreams in search of the non-existent perfection, I will jump on the ride, sit back, and enjoy what I have.

And if sitting back does not cut it for you (I have to admit it doesn’t always for me) then be willing to put extra effort in to get what you want without sacrificing your well-being; and that is exactly what I did! After my salad incident, I went and got myself a nice blue treat, satisfied my crave and created a salad that was perfection superb.

So for all of you blue cheese lovers and even for those not so into blue cheese here is a subtle way of incorporating this cheese in your coming holiday meals.

Stuffed Roasted Pear Salad

Pears are in season and for this recipe I bought baby pears which were easy to handle and a wonderful accompaniment for a salad.

Start by cutting the pears in half and scooping the seeds to create a pocket for the cheese filling.

Mix cheese, honey and walnuts.

Stuff each pear and wrap center with a thin cut bacon strip.

Roast for 30 minutes and cheese will come oozing out and pear will be juicy and tender.

Create a bed of arugula and top with stuffed pears

Stuffed Roasted Pears – yield 12

Ingredients

1/4 pound gorgonzola dolce (or any other soft cheese of your choice)

1/4 cup chopped walnut

2 tablespoons honey

6 baby pears, cut in half

12 slices bacon, cut in half

Arugula or any greens of your choice

Directions

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a  bowl, mix the cheese, walnuts, and honey.

Halve the pears and scoop out the seeds and cores.

Stuff each pear half with about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture.

Wrap each stuffed pear with a slice of bacon and place it on a baking sheet.

Bake them until the pears are tender and the bacon is crisp, about 30 minutes.

Create a bed of greens and place 3 pear halves on top.

TIPS

  • You can use regular size pears and serve as a side dish
  • Baby pears work well to complete a salad, about 3 halves work best for one serving.

Recipe inspired by Tyler Florence

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