Sunday, October 12, 2008

Vegan MoFo day 12 Iron Chef Pear and Nuts

Challenger Jenn san has prepared 4 dishes.

The first is an amaretto sour pear-tini spritzer aperitif.

1 part Amaretto
1 part Pear infused vodka
1 part sour mix (or lemon juice and agave nectar)
3 parts pear juice
Top with seltzer
Garnish with fresh pear

The second dish is a toasted pecan, roasted pear and fennel salad with a lemon pear vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette: 1 part lemon juice, 1 part pear juice, 2 parts olive oil, squirt agave nectar (or a little sugar,) salt.

The third is a walnut pear pesto with angel hair pasta, topped with almonds and parsley.

Chop together 1Tbs walnuts, 1Tbs pine nuts, 5 basil leaves, 1Tbs olive oil and a little salt. Chop 1/2 pear and mix together. Mix with pasta. Chop 1 Tbs parsley with 1Tbs almonds and sprinkle on top of pasta. The pear lends a nice sweetness to the pesto.

Finally for the 4th dish, we have a baked pear topped with almonds, raisins, and cranberry in a rum pear sauce.

**My camera is continuing to revolt after last week's sauce incident, hence the fuzzy photos.


Anonymous said...

Wow, 4 dishes! And they all look great. I especially love the drink idea!

coldandsleepy said...

Oh man, you are an Iron Chef overachiever! I feel even more lame for not participating now. (I forgot to get pears at the store yesterday afternoon.)

Everything looks so awesome, though. Walnut pear pesto sounds INCREDIBLE, and I'm definitely making a note to try your recipe for it some time.

Megan said...

Man. I want that cocktail!

Lily Girl said...

Cocktails, yay! Everything else looks great too.
I'm sufficiently inspired to try multiple dishes for the next challenge :)

Binx said...

that pesto looks/sounds great... i'm going to have to try that!

maggie said...

You managed to make four amazing dishes and get it all done before the deadline. I missed the deadline even though a big bag of freshly picked pears was delivered to my house. You get all kinds of props, and I get some motivation to work harder next weekend.

the little one said...

4 entries! Holy cow! That's some serious MoFoing. I think you might deserve this week's crown ;)

Lillet Langtry said...

That pesto looks AMAZING! I have pears in the house but forgot about Iron Chef -- I may have to copy you tonight!!

Innochka said...

Wow! Did you do the pear infusing of the vodka yourself. It's really easy to to do flavoured vodkas. I try to keep a pepper infused vodka here for the first sign of either of us catching a cold.

Sweet Iron Chef offering. I would drink yours up.

Jeni Treehugger said...

4 dishes is AWESOME! The slaad's my favourite just because it's salad!

Jodie said...

Wow, that is most awesome!

Ladybug said...

MMM that all looks good! Wish I could have been a judge!