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Autumnal flavors salad

Fruits and cheese is a typical flavor association of French cuisine. In autumn, we like to mix pears and blue cheese. Just try it. It’s awesome!

That salad pleases very much to my kids: they love the sweetness of the pears and the crunchiness of the hazelnuts. When cooking for my children I will preferably use soft blue cheese (Fourme d’Ambert, Gorgonzola). When it’s for my friends, I will choose stronger tasty cheese such as Roquefort. Just choose the one you prefer and enjoy!

autumn salad_pear_blue cheeseAutumn French flavors salad recipe

Time

  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Cooking: 1 minute
  • Total: 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts
  • Green salad (preferably a mix of young leaves)
  • 3.53 oz (100g) of blue cheese (I recommend Roquefort or Bleu d’Auvergne or Fourme d’Ambert. If you don’t find them take your local favorite blue cheese. Gorgonzola is also perfect)
  • 2 ripe pears
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix together the oils, vinegar, salt and pepper
  • Wash and dry the salad
  • Slice the pears
  • Dice the cheese
  • Roast the hazelnuts in a pan without any oil for about 1 minute
  • Dress the plates: put the salad, then the pears, the hazelnuts and the dressing
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

To be served as a starter or a side-order. It’s also perfect with a Blue cheese burger click here for French cheese burger recipes

Autumn salad wine pairing

A sweet and young white wine will be perfect with blue cheese. Some ideas from the French vineyard:

  • Loire
  • Coteaux de Layon
  • Coteaux de Saumur

If your cheese is very salty (like Roquefort) use preferably a sweet white wine of late grape harvest such as:

  • Bordeaux: Sauternes, Loupiac, Barsac, Cadillac, Graves supérieur
  • Sud-Ouest: Monbazillac, sweet Jurançon, Saussignac
  • Alsace: Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris

If you prefer red wine, it’s totally possible to match blue cheese with a sweet red wine such as:

  • Banyuls
  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise rouge

Other recipes with French blue cheese and pears (warm variants)

  • Salty pie : puff pastry or short pastry, pears, cow blue cheese like Fourme d’Ambert, fresh cream (optional). Cook at 390°T / 200°C during 30 minutes. Serve with a salad. That’s all!
  • Baked pears (put to the oven at 350°T/180°C for 5 minutes slices of pears covered with diced cow blue cheese and broken hazelnut. Serve with a salad. you can add some honey also.

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