Salad of Gorgonzola Stuffed Poached Pears

by Jenn on July 7, 2009

in Gluten Free,Photography,Salads,Vegetarian


I also made this appetizer dish for the Independence Day celebration with my family – it isn’t really “4th of July” or “red white and blue” themed, but it IS delicious!  The poached pears were sweet and contrasted the pungent gorgonzola cheese well.  The peppery watercress (and the watercress I bought WAS peppery!) added yet another dimension of complexity to the dish, and the crunch of the curly endive and candied walnuts complemented the soft “melt in your mouth” texture of the pears and cheese (oh wait, the cheese was already melty!).  It looks like a simple dish, but was made with love and was a huge hit (well, except for Grandpa – who saw the lettuce and exclaimed “That’s rabbit food – I don’t eat rabbit food” haha – but he did like the pear at least!).

While pears are normally a winter time food (no, I could not buy them at the farmer’s market), this dish is all about being fresh and light for summer.  Well, I take that back.  I think this dish could work really in any season, flavor-wise.  I apologize to the locavore gods for buying a fruit out of season!

I’m sure that many many people have made poached pears and put cheese on them before, but I didn’t look up any recipes or anything for inspiration even!  It was all in my head and then transferred to the plate, and I was quite pleased with the result!

I know the ingredient list looks forever long, but do not be intimidated! There are just steps like any other recipe, but nothing is hard I promise – though it does take a little planning and time – this was a dish made with a labor of love.  Sometimes a tasty dish and a chance to share that with your family are just worth the time and effort and love you put into it.  I feel like when I share my food, I am sharing a little piece of myself.  The food I make is an expression of my soul, and few things make me happier than to know that others took pleasure in tasting what I had to share.

And so without further ado….