This week, the Eat to the Beat team welcomes you to Hall’s Kitchen! Executive Chef Katherine Hall has shared her recipe for Pear Chips with Stilton Mousse & Candied Walnuts with us. Sounds like a perfect appetizer for an upcoming dinner!
Chef Hall has been involved with Eat to the Beat for a number of years, and we are very excited to welcome her and her team back for 2012!
“We love participating in Eat to the Beat every year because it’s a fabulously well organized event for such a great cause! Eat to the Beat raises a considerable amount of money each year and more importantly the event raises awareness and support for families dealing with breast cancer.”
Hall’s Kitchen produces delicious and nutritious soups and stews. All of Chef Hall’s creations are full of healthy, pure ingredients and are bursting with flavor! Try any of her handcrafted soups and stews, which are prepared without the use of chemical, preservatives or additives, and you will not be disappointed. All of her dishes are vegan and are made without gluten, dairy, or yeast.
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Try to make a Hall’s Kitchen creation yourself with this recipe!
Pear Chips with Stilton Mousse & Candied Walnuts
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar
6 pears (not overly ripe), cored, sliced thinly, lengthwise
Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Dip pear slices into water mixture and lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for about 3 hours or until dry and
slightly crisp. They will firm up as they cool.
1 pound stilton cheese
2 tbsp port wine
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 cup whipping cream
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the Stilton until smooth. Add the port and mix. In a small pot, heat the oil and sweat the garlic until slightly browned. Remove from heat and mince. Add to stilton mixture in bowl. In a separate bowl, whip cream just until stiff peaks form. (Do not over mix or cream will become butter.) Fold whipped cream into stilton mixture until evenly incorporated but don’t overwork the mixture.
1 cup walnut halves
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tsp chili powder
pinch cayenne pepper
Preheat oven temperature to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay walnut halves out on the baking sheet and roast for about 5 to 7 minutes. In a small pot combine sugar, water, chili powder, cayenne and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 2 minutes. When sugar has dissolved and the sugar mixture has a syrupy consistency, add the walnut halves. Mix well to ensure they are coated all over. Lay walnuts back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet to cool.
Lay pear chips on a cutting board. Pipe mousse lengthwise onto middle of the pear from end to end. Top with walnut halves and garnish. These can sit out in a cool place for ½ hour before serving.