Thursday, 30 October 2008

Pear & camembert salad

Our plan to go for a long walk today and maybe find a pub for lunch along the way got scuttled by the weather. It isn't that cold, but it is grey and rainy and not conducive for the outdoors.

So when it got close to lunchtime I was thrown on the resources of pantry and fridge. And came up with a really delicious adaptation of this Delia Smith recipe.

Basically, a bag of mixed salad leaves and a diced ripe pear went into a bowl with a bag of baguette croutons (we hardly ever have bread in the house, so we don't have bread to go stale and get made into garlic croutons from scratch). Then in a small pan I melted a (rather nice, unpasteurised, very runny) ripe camembert with 3tbs of white wine vinegar and 2 chopped cloves of garlic and poured it over the salad when it fell from my whisk in creamy ribbons.

Delicious! And the sauce was so good it will probably get an outing poured over steamed broccoli. Or possibly on a steak if we decide our arteries aren't hardening fast enough.

11 comments:

kat said...

Oh with that cheese sauce this salad is right up my alley

Esi said...

I love this idea. A warm, creamy dressing over a cool salad with sweet fruit. Sounds great!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Foodycat, I love this salad. The camembert dressing and the pears made it perfect for me. I'm going to make it for myself this weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. That's interesting to hear about the Halloween restrictions in Australia. But I thoroughly understand. You have a lovely weekend my friend.

Darius T. Williams said...

That sauce sounds great - and this looks really good!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Natashya said...

Oh yum! The perfect lunch. A little Pinot Grigio to go with it?

mscrankypants said...

Yum. We are still getting some good pears from last autumn's cold storage but I can't wait to try this with new-season pears.

alexandra's kitchen said...

oh my. how delicious and creative. I would never think to just throw some extra cheese in a pan with some vinegar. but it makes perfect sense. I love slightly wilted salads. what a great combination.

Debinhawaii said...

Pear and camembert are the perfect combo and your creamy dressing sounds wonderful!

Foodycat said...

Kat - it's salad, so it is healthy, right?

Esi - it really was a lovely combination!

Teresa - Enjoy! It really is a delicious lunch. Have a lovely weekend!

Darius - Thanks! I think I am going to blog about lunch all through winter because the light is so much better.

Natashya - oh yes! Some pinot grigio or a muscadet, I think.

Cranky - you are coming into mango season, I don't want to hear about pears!

Ali - I love the warm salads too, a bit of bacon, a bit of vinegar and it is so satisfying!

Deb - you should try it. It's one of those great meals that is pretty easy to scale up or down.

Joie de vivre said...

Beautiful! I made a salad dressing like this once with melted Brie in white wine...I think the Camembert would taste better though

Ruth said...

This looks delicious!

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