Mulled wine poached pears with blue cheese and walnuts

13 December 2017 | Schwartz
Emily Leary

Blog post by Emily Leary

https://www.amummytoo.co.uk

 

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

If you’re looking for a starter that’s got real ‘wow’ factor this holiday season then these mulled wine poached pears with blue cheese and walnuts will tick all the right boxes.

From the deep red tones of the pears, to the aromatic festive spices, to the piquant blue cheese and crunchy walnut topping, everything in this recipe is just a bit special.

It’s really easy to make this impressive looking starter, thanks to Schwartz’s Mulled Wine Spice sachets, which contain a wonderful mix of allspice, dried orange peel, cassia, cloves, nutmeg.

This means all you have to do is mix up the wine and leave your pears to poach for 90 minutes, filling your whole kitchen with the gorgeous aromas of Christmas.

Finished off with a simple blue cheese dressing and walnuts that adds a ton of depth to the flavours, this is just a few minutes more work for a starter that’s sure to impress.

INGREDIENTS

For the poached Pears

  • • 1 sachet of Schwartz Mulled Wine Spice
  • • 750ml red wine
  • • 400ml orange juice
  • • Zest of 1 orange
  • • Zest of 1 lemon
  • • 30g caster sugar
  • • 2 pears, peeled with stalks intact

For the blue cheese and walnut

  • • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • • 50g blue cheese, such as Danish Blue
  • • 15g walnut pieces
  • • 1/2 tsp salt
  • • 2 tbsp honey

 

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

INSTRUCTIONS

For the poached Pears

1. In a medium pan, mix the red wine, orange juice, orange zest, lemon zest, caster sugar and the sachet of Schwartz Mulled Wine Spice.

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

2. Place the pears into the pan. Although they may float, the liquid should be enough to completely submerge them without the pears touching the bottom.

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

3. Put the pan over a high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and leave partially covered to poach for 1 1/2 hours. Turn the pears in the wine every 20 minutes to ensure they cook evenly.

For the filling

1. Put the blue cheese into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the sour cream and mix to loosen. Season to taste.

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

To serve

1. When the pears are a deep red and tender carefully remove from the pan and set aside. Boil the remaining liquid for 10 minutes until thick and resembling a syrup.

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

2. Carefully cut the pears in half. Scoop out the seeded area with a spoon or baller. Transfer the pears to serving plates and spoon the blue cheese into the pears, filling generously. Season with pepper.

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

3. Top with the walnuts. Drizzle over some of your reduced syrup around the plate. Drizzle with honey and serve!

An unusual but scrumptious festive starter

 

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Are you inspired? How might you use Schwartz Mulled Wine Spice in your cooking?


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