Warm sweet potato and pear salad
This delicious salad is taken from our book of the week, Reuben Cooks Local. Not only is sweet potato a much-loved South African ingredient, but the moskonfyt and brandy add exceptional local flavour to this dish. The blue cheese sauce is incredibly versatile and is also excellent served with steak or sautéed chicken livers. And with both sweet potatoes and pears coming into seasons, this is a perfect for autumn recipe. Experiment with different types of sweet potato, the orange and yellow flesh potatoes have a much earthier flavour than the purple skin variety.
1 pear, preferably Bosc
2 medium sweet potatoes, one orange and 1 yellow if you can
3T olive oil
1t black pepper
±2T pecan nuts
60g frisée lettuce, baby spinach leaves or rocket
1t extra virgin olive oil
½t Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
Brandy and Blue Cheese Dressing
1/4 cup ceam
75g creamy blue cheese
1t moskonfyt or quince jelly
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel the pear and the sweet potatoes. Slice into rounds about 1½cm thick. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the sweet potato in the oven for about 10 minutes, then put in the pear slices on the same tray. Roast until it has turned a dark caramel colour and is cooked.
- Dress the nuts and the frisée with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.
- To serve, divide the sweet potato and pear between two plates. Squeeze blobs of brandy and blue cheese dressing on and in between them. Arrange the nuts and frisée on the plates and serve immediately.
Brandy and Blue Cheese Dressing:
- Place the cream, brandy, blue cheese and moskonfyt in a blender and process until very smooth. Pour into a squeeze bottle.
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