Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

Looking for a special side dish for the upcoming holidays?……… Roasted Pear Salad is it!

I am a recent convert to fruit on a green salad ………..well recent as in the last 10 years……ok so not so recent, but it is a taste to behold.

In my experience, salad was always lettuce,tomato,cucumber…….blah,blah,blah. So, the first time I tried fruit I was surprised how good it was, so I tried it again, and again and it kept getting better and better.

If you read my blog, you know if something catches my eye at the store it will make its way here…….lucky you!

I saw these pears and a fall salad came right to my mind. The pears on a bed of baby greens with walnuts and blue cheese……..sounded yummy. Some kind of vinaigrette to dress the salad……I had a plan.

Now, the biggest problem I have with apples or pears on a salad is that they turn color so easily unless you serve it right away and I am the make ahead type of gal!

I have tried lemon juice and the trick of soaking in 7-up, but never with much luck. I know you all can’t see it, but sometime a light bulb goes off in my head……..no really it does……..

If I roasted the pears the only color they would turn is a pretty, fall golden color, and what’s better than butter to make that happen?…….Paula Deen has the whole butter thing right, everything is better with butter.

Roasted Pear Salad

So, cut side down in butter and 20 minutes later add a touch of balsamic…….it was going in the dressing, so why not add the flavor to the pears?…….light bulb!
When they came out of the oven I wanted them to soak up all that balsamic butter flavor so, even though it was all I could do not too……..I left them cut side down until they were completely cool. When I turned them over…………I swear they were the most beautiful things, all glossy and golden. I knew I made the right choice.
Another plus to preparing the pears this way besides them not turning colors, you can make them ahead,along with all the other things for the salad, and put it together at a moments notice.
Perfect if you are going to a holiday happening and you are ask to bring the salad……totally portable.

 

Blue cheese and walnuts “pear” beautifully with pears. I like gorgonzola better than regular blue cheese. To me it has a smoother creamy flavor, but by all means use what ever blue type cheese you like best. Toasting the walnuts…….or any nut for that matter, enhances their taste, like a million, billion times………if you have never tried it, you really have too!

I used individual plates, but if you were taking this to a get-together you can use a platter and just slice the pears. But, I wanted a fancy smancy plate, so heres how it went…….Baby greens, roasted pear half ( cut side up to show all it beauty), sprinkle with gorgonzola and walnut……serve with Honey Balsamic Dressing.

Both Tim and I thought the presentation was elegant and beautiful…….then we ate the salad…….the seas parted and angels sang……..ok not really, but it was a little piece of heaven.

So, impress your friends, family or significant other with this beautiful looking and tasty fall salad Roasted Pear Salad……..it will “leaf” them breathless !

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Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Bosc pears,cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Honey Balsamic Dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a 8×8 inch baking dish. Place in oven to melt butter. Remove core from pears halves using a melon baller or a small spoon.
  3. Place pears cut side down in the melted butter and bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar,return to oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let set until room temperature. Do not remove the pears from the baking dish until completely cooled.
  4. Divide the mixed green among 4 plates. Top greens with one pear half,skin side up. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts.
  5. Serve with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Keywords: baby greens, pears, gorgonzola cheese, slaw, side dish, walnuts

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Roasted Pear Salad

Honey Balsamic Dressing

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes1
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix vinegar,honey,and shallot until well blended. Whisk in oil until emulsified. Salt and pepper to taste.

Keywords: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, shallot, dressing

 

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

I have discovered something about myself…….I’m a streaker………not that kind ……….yikes!

I am a food streaker! Seems like I get an ingredient in my mind and I go to extremes in making things with it, until the next ingredient comes along. Kinda food ADD!

So, right now tomatoes are on my radar. The Tomato Cobbler was so good with the cherry tomatoes and goat cheese biscuits……..yummy! But, what about those big tomatoes you have? Why not stack them or better yet, stack on them. As a kid, broccoli was on my eeewww list……you know, curling up your lip, no way is that going in my mouth. Well……as an adult it’s more of an mmmm and can’t wait to pop it in my mouth. The only way I won’t eat it these days is if its over cooked, you know it turns a weird green gray color and falls completely apart, so be careful when cooking.

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Cooked to a tender crisp….add a shallot….gives an onion, garlic flavor all in one. Salt and pepper, a pinch of red pepper flake for heat, and gooey swiss cheese. Spoon on top of tomatoes cut in half inch slices, topped with more swiss cheese, pop them in the broiler and ta da, Broccoli Tomato Stacks.

They make a perfect side dish for any kind of meat or fish. They also would be a good vegetarian lunch. So whether for a side dish or as a meal itself, satisfy your food streak with these stacked up beauties.

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Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 1 shallot minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Steam or sauté broccoli and shallots with pinch of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices, place on paper toweling to drain for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place tomato slices on a baking sheet lied with parchment paper.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons of swiss cheese into the broccoli and shallots.
  5. Spoon broccoli mixture on top of tomatoes. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Broil 4-5 inches from heat for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Keywords: broccoli, tomato, swiss cheese, shallot, side dish

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Tomato Cobbler

Tomato Cobbler

Tomato Cobbler

One of the great joys of a garden, is the wonderful produce you receive,and receive, and receive …………..We have a lot of tomatoes. Correction we have a lot of small tomatoes. Just a heads up, if you ever want to plant cherry tomatoes……..1 plant will do……….they are prolific little suckers.  But,they make a beautiful Tomato Cobbler.

I must admit, this year was not my finest garden. The weather was odd, too wet, too cool, then too dry. Not the best growing conditions. But, what it did produce was……..well, wonderful! There is nothing in the world better than a home grown tomatoes. No store bought can ever compare……ever!!

But what to do with them? One of my claim to fame dishes has alway been Bruschetta. I am always asked to bring it to gatherings. I think what really makes it good is the goat cheese that I serve with it. Now, I must give credit for the goat cheese to my friend Michelle. She introduced me to the combination years ago.THANK YOU Michelle!

So, back to the tomatoes………I also think that balsamic vinegar brings out the very best in tomatoes……..it’s part of my bruschetta recipe, but I wanted to make a dish that was warm…..kinda stewed tomato like……only better.

Tomato Cobbler………Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant. Today’s Science lesson…….lol.

So, why not make a cobbler. I do not hold to the sugar on sliced tomatoes as many do, I prefer salt. So, savory not sweet for a topping. Biscuit came to mind, but so did goat cheese…….goat cheese biscuits?? You bet!!!!

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I replaced some of the butter with goat cheese……….OMG it was the perfect topping for the tomatoes, which were added to sautéed onions, and balsamic vinegar, with just a touch of flour to thicken. The biscuit are drop biscuits, so no messy rolling and cutting…….just plop them on top. A touch of parmesan on top during the last few minutes and you have Tomato Cobbler.

Tim is not a fan of the tomato per say but, he really enjoyed the cobbler. It was a nice complement to a grilled steak.

So, if you have an over abundance of tomatoes or are looking for a yummy tomato recipe……..Tomato Cobbler!!!!!!!

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Tomato Cobbler

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 
2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • For the biscuits:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper – divided

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F with a rack placed in the middle of the oven
  2. Pick the stems off of the cherry tomatoes and rinse them under running water. Larger tomatoes can be sliced in half, but I generally just leave the tomatoes whole.
  3. Warm the coconut oil in a 10-inch cast-iron or high-sided stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. When warm, add the onions, 1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Sauté until the onions are very soft and tender, about 10 minutes, Stir the garlic into the onions and cook until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and cook until almost evaporated. Stir in the flour and cook until the flour is paste-like. Remove the pan from heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt, carefully stirring and folding until the onions are evenly mixed with the tomatoes.
  4. To prepare the biscuits:
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Using your fingertips cut the goat cheese and 3 tablespoons of cold butter into the flour mixture.
  7. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and gradually in the buttermilk. Slowly mix the dry into the buttermilk, stirring until just moistened (add more or less milk as needed).
  8. Drop the dough over the tomatoes, making 5 to 6 biscuits.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper over biscuits.
  10. Cook for 45 to 50 minutes, until the tomatoes are very bubbly and the tops of the biscuits are nicely browned. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and let the cobbler rest for about 15 minutes….then enjoy!


Notes

You can use any kind of tomato, just be sure to cut into bite size chunks.
You can prepare this in a skillet and transfer to a baking dish if you do not have a cast iron skillet.

Keywords: cherry tomatoes, cast iron skillet, onion, biscuits, bake, side dish, cobbler, goat cheese

Tomato Cobbler