Bosc pears are the best pears to use for this elegant appetizer or side dish. The bacon and toasted walnuts add both great flavor and eye appeal. Nice for a special occasion.

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  • Course Appetizer
  • Cuisine French
  • Keyword Casual Dinner Party, Different, Fall-Winter, Flavor, Special Dinner, Thanksgiving
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6 people 10 minutes 15 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
25 minutes.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6 people 10 minutes 15 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
25 minutes.
Tips
This salad can be served at room temperature but I prefer to serve it as a warm salad. In fact, I like the bacon a bit warm so I toss the bacon back in the pan with the pears just before serving.
Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Ingredients
  • 6 oz double smoked slab bacon cut into 1/4" lardons (1/4"x1/4" pieces)
  • 3-4 whole Bosc pears quartered, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
Dressing
  • 1 tbspn white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbspn whole grain mustard
  • 3 tbspn walnut or olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
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Instructions
  1. Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
  2. Combine vinegar, mustard and 3 tablespoon oil in a small bowl, season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Sauté bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, and cook until the bacon turns golden. About 10-12 minutes.
  4. Quarter pears and remove seeds and set aside, if not using immediately, drizzle with lemon juice to prevent pears from turning brown.
  5. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Drain all but about 1 tablespoon of fat from pan.
  6. Toast walnuts in the same skillet until the nuts become aromatic. Set aside.
  7. Add quartered pears to pan and season well with salt and pepper.
  8. Increase heat to medium high and sauté pears until they turn a golden brown about 5-7 minutes. Do not turn too often. Remove from skillet to a platter.
Serving
  1. Drizzle pears with dressing and sprinkle the toasted walnuts and bacon on top. Add a few micro greens or baby arugula before serving,

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