Friday, December 18, 2009

Nigella's Marsala Pears

I love to make a wine evenings at home! Get good DVD to watch, bottle of good red wine and of course cheese. I usually used to prepare a regular cheese board with some grapes and fresh bread. But this time felt like making something different and at the same time not to exclude tradition of pairing wine with good cheese. Suddenly remembered that i watched how Nigella once was preparing her snacks for wine dinner with friends. And woa-la! This dish's preparation time is 30 min as maximum, but it is sooooo delicious! Sweet pears complement mild gorgonzola just perfect and walnuts'a appearance also is far from boring. Highly recommend you to try it for your wine evening!

2-3 pears cut lengthwise in 8 parts (skin and core on)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. Marsala
2 Tbsp. honey
50 g. walnut halves
500 g Gorgonzola (i made a cheese board for two, so used only 200 g)

1. Heat oil in a large heavy pan over medium heat. Prepare your pears.
2. Fry pears for 3-4 min. on each side or until softened.
3. Meanwhile whisk Marsala and honey together in a cup or small bowl.
4. Add Marsala mixture to the pears allow to bubble and become syrupy. Transfer the pears to serving plate, reserving the syrupy mixture in the pan.
5. Add walnuts to the same pan and stir fry them for about a minute or until they are slightly darkened and sticky all over.
6. To serve, transfer the walnuts to serving plate along with any remaining juices and place the gorgonzola onto the plate.

Original recipe adopted from BBC Food

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