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Frisee Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Port Vinaigrette February 8, 2008

Filed under: recipes/ gardening — rainbowheartstar @ 11:53 pm
Frisee Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Port Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello
Show: Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
Episode: Pumpkin Picking Party

 
Dressing:
1 cup port
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, finely minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:
8 cups loosely packed young frisee (curly endive), torn into bite-size pieces
1 1/2 cups ribbon-cut radicchio, soaked, drained, and dried

1 crisp red pear, halved, cored, and very thinly sliced crosswise
2-ounce chunk blue cheese, frozen
1 cup candied walnuts, or other candied nuts

 
Simmer the Port in a small saucepan until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Let cool, then whisk in the red wine vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper, to taste. Gradually whisk in the olive oil.

In a large bowl, toss the frisee, radicchio, and pear. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Drizzle with the dressing; you probably won’t use it all. Using the medium holes of a box grater, shave the blue cheese in a fine snow-like shower over the salads. Scatter the walnuts on top and serve immediately.

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