For the holidays, I like to take things up a notch and make things a little extra special. The next couple of weeks I will be doing just that with a couple of holiday recipes. The first is this salad. It takes a little extra time, but I think it will impress your guests and even you!
(Makes six individual salads.)
1 head of Bibb lettuce (washed and dried)
2 ripe Bartlett pears
1 log of goat cheese
Pumpkin brittle (recipe here)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
Slice pears thinly. For the ends, slice the rounded part off. Fan about three pieces at a time on a sheet pan and top with a slice of goat cheese. Broil for about 7 minutes until browned a little.Let cool for about 5 minutes.
In a Mason jar, put in the vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Close tightly and shake well.
On individual plates, place leaves of Bibb lettuce. Top with pear/cheese slices. Add either one piece of brittle or crumble several pieces of brittle. Then drizzle dressing around the plate.
I love these because you can make these before your guests arrive. Or, either put an eager guest to work assembling these while you get other things prepared.Bon Appetit!