Thursday, September 1, 2011

Crumbled Gorgonzola and Pear Salad

I put this salad together with ingredients that was readily available in my pantry and refrigerator. This salad really turned out well. The pungent aroma, creamy texture, and stong flavor of gorgonzola goes so well with the mild and sweet flavor of Bosc pear. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing ties the dish together.

Gorgonzola cheese is a variety of blue cheese that originates from Italy. It is produced mainly in the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardi. Gorgonzola, like all the other blue cheese varieties such as stilton, roquefort, and bleu d'auvergne, has the characteristic blue vein which is caused by starter bacteria that was added to the cow's or sheep's milk. The aging process for gorgonzola cheese is usually 3-4 months. Gorgonzola become firmer as it ripens.


1 Bosc pear
gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a small bowl, mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Whisk to combine.

2.Cut, core and slice pear thinly.

3. Assemble gorgonzola and pear in a plate.

4. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

5. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.

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