Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Stilton and Bacon salad

I hold my hands up, this isn't the most healthy salad in the world. It does have fruit in it though! Some ingredients are just made for each other and with some leftover bacon and stilton in the fridge, a cheeky little salad wasn't that far away. With both being on the salty side, I needed something to sweeten it up and add texture, hence the inclusion of some pears and a dash of honey. The whole thing takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish and costs about £2.25 per head.

Ingredients (for 2 people) : 4 rashers of bacon cut into strips, 2 ripe pears peeled cored and quartered, 75g stilton, 1oz butter, few glugs of olive oil, 2 tbsp honey, handful of pine nuts, splash of balsamic vinegar, 100g rocket or other peppery leaves, tsp dijon mustard, seasoning.

1. Dry fry the pine nuts until golden and set aside.
2. Fry off the bacon in a little olive oil until it starts to crisp up. Set aside on some kitchen paper.
3. Place the leaves on a serving plate
4. Gently fry the pears in half the butter and the remaining olive oil. Add 1 tbsp of honey and cook until tender. Then drizzle over a dash of the vinegar. You want the pears to be slightly caramelised but not overcooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
5. In the pan you cooked the pears in, add the pine nuts, mustard, remaining butter and honey. Cook for a minute or so.
6. To serve, add the bacon and pears to the leaves. Crumble the cheese over the top and then top with the honey and pine nut dressing.

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