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Roasted Pear and Potato Salad

October 2007
Roasted Pear and Potato Salad

by 5 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients
  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow-fleshed potatoes, such as Yukon gold, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound Forelle or Bosc pears, cut into eighths lengthwise and cored
  • 4 sprigs thyme, plus 1 teaspoon leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the potatoes, stir to coat and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the pears, thyme sprigs, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the potatoes; stir to combine. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast, tossing halfway through, until the potatoes and pears are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, mustard and the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil; season with salt and pepper and set aside. Place the watercress in a shallow bowl or on a platter and set aside.
  4. Remove the skillet from the oven and discard the thyme sprigs. Sprinkle the lemon peel and thyme leaves over the roasted pears and potatoes. Drizzle 3 to 4 tablespoons dressing on top and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon the pears and potatoes over the watercress and drizzle the remaining dressing over the greens.