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Poached Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad
Poached Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad

We’re sure you have something happening this weekend - whether you’re hosting or attending, this Pear, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad is sure to impress either way.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Serves: 4



200 g

Eskort Rindless Streaky Bacon

15 mml





pears, cored and cut into 8th’s

5 ml

vanilla essence


cinnamon stick


star anise

250 g

brown sugar

1 L


Peanut Brittle (or buy from store)*


150 g

peanuts, roughly chopped

250 g


125 ml


2.5 ml


15 ml


2.5 ml

bicarbonate of soda


Spray n Cook

250 g

blue cheese

1 bag

mixed lettuce leaves


  • Place water, vanilla essence, cinnamon stick, star anise and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium so that liquid is simmering.

  • Add pears and cook, turning occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until pears are just tender.

  • Remove saucepan from heat and allow pears to cool in syrup, turning occasionally.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate.

  • *In a smaller saucepan add sugar, water and salt and bring to a boil, do not stir, allow sugar to melt on its own.

  • *Allow to boil for about 20 minutes or until it becomes a deep golden brown.

  • *Line a baking tray with baking paper and lightly coat with spray and cook, set aside.

  • *Remove from heat and stir in butter, bicarbonate of soda and peanuts, stir all together and keep stirring until mixture stops bubbling.

  • *Working quickly, pour the mixture onto the lined baking tray and spread out evenly.

  • *Allow to cool until set, then break into pieces and set aside.

  • Fry bacon in butter until crispy, remove from heat and set aside.

  • Assemble salad by mixing together lettuce leaves and pears, top with blue cheese, peanut brittle and bacon and drizzle lightly with leftover pear liquid.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

* Should you choose to use store bought peanut brittle, these steps in the method won't apply.

Recipe Meal Types: - Salads - Lunch - Braai - Entertaining
The following product can be used with this recipe:
Eskort Rindless Streaky Bacon

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