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Recipe: Red Wine Poached Pear Salad

Posted at 9:06 AM, Dec 27, 2015

Former Iron Chef contestant, James Rigato, from Mabel Grey in Hazel Park stopped by 7 Action News This Morning to whip up a special holiday dish.

Red Wine Poached Pear Salad

Ingredients for poaching liquid:

1 bottle good red wine, 
1 vanilla bean split and scraped, 
1 star anise, 
1 cinnamon stick, 
1 dried red chile, 
8-10 peppercorns, 
1 bay leaf, 
1 orange peeled (peels included) halved and squeezed, 
salt to taste, 
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar depending on your preferred level of sweetness. 
 
Simmer everything together until nicely seasoned. 
 
Turn heat down to gently steaming, not simmering.
 
Peel 3 pears and cut away from the core in 3 even pieces top to bottom. Add them to the liquid. Gently poach until a knife slides in with gentle resistance. Let cool in liquid. Keeps for about a week.
 
Mix 1 cup mascarpone and 1/3 cup local honey with a pinch of salt. 
 
Purchase 2 ounces of prosciutto  per person you're serving, shaved thin from your local market. 
 
Split one head radicchio and char quickly over a grill or burner. Shave thin. 
 
Plate salad with a schmear of mascarpone/honey mixture on the plate.
 
Slice the pears 1-2 times per pear and gently fold the prosciutto into fluffed stacks  between the pear slices.
 
Top with shaved radicchio and scatter some marcona almonds over the salad. A drizzle of the poaching liquid, olive oil and fresh cracked pepper rounds it out nicely.