Poached Pear Salad with Arugula, Prosciutto and Parmesan
- 2 cups spiced poaching syrup*
- 2 cups Pinot Grigio or other acidic white wine
- 4 Bosc pears, each 5 to 6 oz., peeled, cored
- 2 Tbs. minced shallots
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 1⁄2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
- 3 1⁄2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 15 cups baby arugula
- 1 1⁄2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, thinly
shaved with a vegetable peeler
- 6 thin slices prosciutto
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a plate and let cool to room temperature. Reserve the poaching liquid for another use. Cut 2 of the pear halves into 6 slices each. Set the pear slices and remaining pear halves aside.
Put the shallots in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk in the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly.
In a large bowl, combine the arugula, 1 oz. of the cheese, the pear slices and the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide the salad among 6 plates, mounding it slightly off center. Garnish with the remaining cheese.
Wrap each of the remaining pear halves with a slice of prosciutto, draping it loosely like a shawl. Lean a pear half on the front of each mound of salad. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
* Available at Williams-Sonoma stores.