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    Pear Salad with Cheddar Wafers

    A full-flavoured, hard cheese, such as the award-winning Denhay Cheddar, is perfect for cooking. Grated and grilled into crisp little wafers, it adds a rich, distinctive flavour to this sweet and tangy salad. Denhay Cheddar is available from the Service Counter or prepacked. Waitrose Walnut Bread is a good match with this full-flavoured cheese.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 3 minutes
    • Total time: 23 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 125g Waitrose West Country Farmhouse Cheddar
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp cider or tarragon vinegar
    • 2 tbsp clear honey
    • ½ pack fresh tarragon, chopped
    • 3 sweet ripe pears, such as Comice, washed
    • 120g bag Waitrose Gourmet Watercress Salad with Red Mustard
    • 50g walnut pieces
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Waitrose Walnut Bread, to serve


    1. Preheat the grill to high. Finely grate the Cheddar. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Pile little mounds of the grated cheese onto the paper, leaving space around each to allow room for the cheese to spread. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and a deep golden colour around the edges, watching closely as it can overcook quickly. Leave on the paper for 5 minutes to cool. You may need to do this in batches.
    2. Make the dressing by mixing together the oil, vinegar, honey, tarragon and seasoning. Peel the parchment paper away from the cheese wafers.
    3. Cut the pears into quarters, remove the core, then slice into thin wedges. Place the watercress salad in a bowl and add the pears, walnut pieces, dressing and half the cheese wafers. Toss the ingredients together thoroughly so all the ingredients are well coated in dressing. It doesn't matter if the cheese wafers begin to break up. Pile onto serving plates and scatter with the remaining wafers. Serve with walnut bread.

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    Cook's tips

    It is important to use baking parchment when making the cheese wafers. If you use foil or greaseproof paper, the wafers may not come away so easily. If you would like curled wafers, cool them over a rolling pin immediately after cooking.


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