Friday, November 1, 2013

warm pear & prosciutto salad

Alright, kooky, candy-crazed Halloween is over.  It's time to move ON to some serious food bizniz...the holidays.  I like to start getting inspiration early.  I love all the food mags & blogs right many creative & mouth-watering recipes & pictures...I literally get giddy planning & exploring (clearly, I'm a complete food dork.)

This salad is a great recipe to have on hand as we head into the season and start to plan our various "fancy" menus.   It has totally seasonal ingredients for fall & winter and is a beautiful thing to serve for a special occasion (and it's easy enough to serve anytime, really!).  It's fab because it comes together in minutes and is the perfect combo of salty, sweet & peppery.  

I love that the pears are warm...they slightly wilt the arugula just the right amount with their buttery yumminess.

 Serves 4

1/4 pound prosciutto - very thinly sliced
2 pears - ripe but firm, cored & cut into 8 wedges
kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
2 T. butter
2 t. fresh thyme - chopped
5 c. wild arugula
2 T. balsamic vinegar
fresh ground pepper

Divide prosciutto and lay onto 4 salad plates.

Season pears with salt & pepper.  Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and cook until it is slightly browned.  Add thyme, pears and cook pears 3-4 minutes per side, until lightly caramelized. Lower heat and add balsamic vinegar.  Stir gently.

Remove from heat.  Pour warm pears and butter-balsamic dressing over arugula in a large bowl.  Toss until arugula is thoroughly coated.  Arrange arugula & pears on top of the prosciutto, dividing pears evenly among plates.  Finish with a couple grinds of fresh ground pepper.

Please see this recipe in full video effect in Kin Community by clicking HERE or on the screen below.  Enjoy!!

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