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Spice Poached Pear and Aged Cheddar Salad

Food Network Canada
YIELDS
6 servings
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Ingredients

Spice Poached Pears

4
ripe pears - peeled (Bartlett or Bosc)
6
whole juniper berries
3
whole cloves
4
whole black peppercorns
1
cinnamon stick
1
bay leaf
1
red chili - cut lengthwise
½
cup fresh ginger - roughly chopped
1
cup white sugar
350
mL apple cider vinegar
400
mL water

Aged Cheddar Salad

9
oz mixed spring greens
2
Tbsp shallot – finely chopped
2
Tbsp chive – finely chopped
cup pecan halves
1
aged cheddar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Pear and Apple Vinaigrette

1
Tbsp Dijon mustard
2
Tbsp red wine vinegar
2
Tbsp poaching liquid from pears – strained
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
olive oil
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Directions

Step 1

Combine all ingredients into a large pot. Make sure that the liquid comes up so that the pears are submerged. Depending on how deep and wide your pot is, you may have to add just a touch more water so that the pears are covered.

Step 2

Put the pot over medium heat until the liquid comes up to a low simmer and allow to cook for 5 minutes or so.

Step 3

Turn the heat off, and allow the pears cool to room temperature in the liquid. The pears should be tender when poked with a fork.

Step 4

The pears will hold best in the fridge, in their cooking liquid. When ready to use, cut the sides of the pear off, working around the core, then slice.

Step 5

Combine all ingredients, with the exception of the aged cheddar, into a large bowl. Season with salt & freshly ground pepper, then gently toss. Finish by grating the aged cheddar right over top.

Step 6

Combine all ingredients except the olive oil into a small bowl. Whisk together so that the salt dissolves, then whisk in the olive oil.

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