Pear, Stilton, and Chicory Salad with Crispy Chestnuts

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus 6 tablespoons
  • 4 cups whole roasted, shelled, and skinned chestnuts, about 1 pound in shell or 2 (14 ounce) bottles
  • 4 firm-ripe red pears
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 head chicory (curly endive), torn (6 cups)
  • 8 ounces Stilton, crumbled
Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute 1/2 the chestnuts with salt and pepper, to taste, stirring, until crisp on outside (being careful not to burn or cook until hard), about 4 minutes. Make other batch the same way. Remove from heat.

Halve and core pears, then cut lengthwise into thin slices.

Whisk together mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl and add remaining 6 tablespoons oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Whisk in shallot.

Add chicory, chestnuts, pears, and Stilton and toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper.


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