Pear-Cheddar Turnovers with Hot Bacon-and-Spinach Salad

October 2010
Pear-Cheddar Turnovers with Hot Bacon-and-Spinach Salad

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 20 mins

  • 4 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 bosc pearpeeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 5 ounce bag  baby spinach
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 10 minutes; drain on paper towels. Reserve the bacon grease in a small, heatproof bowl and reserve the skillet. In a large bowl, combine the pear, 1/2 cup cheese, the tarragon and 1/2 tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry to a 12-inch square; cut the pastry into quarters. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Divide the pear mixture evenly among the squares, reserving the bowl. Moisten the edges of the pastry with water, then fold over to enclose the filling, pressing the edges to seal. Brush each turnover with the cream, cut a few slits on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until browned, about 20 minutes.
  3. In the reserved large bowl, combine the spinach, red onion and cooked bacon. Reheat 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease in the reserved skillet, then remove the pan from the heat and swirl in the lemon juice. Drizzle over the salad, season with salt and pepper and toss. Serve with the turnovers.
  • Prep 10 slices bacon and shred 8 ounces cheesesave half of the bacon and two-thirds of the cheese for Wednesday.
  • Freeze the assembled turnovers for 10 minutes if the pastry has softened.
  • Cut the sharp bite of the red onion slices by soaking them in cold water for 15 minutes before using.