Pear Carpaccio with Lemon-Lime and Mint Vinaigrette

By Kukla
September 13, 2011
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Author Notes: This recipe is inspired by Patricia Wells' Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado and Pistachios.
I was thinking, if not as flavorful by it self vegetable (sorry Zucchini) can be transformed to a great dish, so can a juicy and fragrant fruit as a Pear.
Here is a recipe I came up with. For the best texture try to buy pears that are neither fully ripe nor rock-hard; choose those that yield just slightly when pressed. Trimming 1/4- inch off the bottom of each pear allows them to stand up straight when cutting, making it easier to cut uniform slices.

I took one photo before adding cheese and then with the cheese shavings.

Serves: 6

  • • 6 Bartlett or Anjou pears, washed, unpeeled
  • • 3 tablespoons best quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • • Zest of 1 small lime
  • • Juice of 1/2 lemon + juice of 1/2 lime
  • • 6 leaves fresh mint, chopped + more for garnish
  • • Wedge Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or Asiago, shaved
  • • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Start by zesting lemon and lime, reserve.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the juices of lemon and lime, wisk in the oil 1 tablespoon at a time, add chopped mint. Set a side for about 15 minutes; then strain thru a fine strainer.
  3. Place pears on work surface with their stems pointing up. Starting from the outside and working towards the core, slice pears 1/8 inch thick. Turn pears and repeat on opposite side.
  4. Arrange pears overlapping on a platter; drizzle with vinaigrette and season with salt, pepper and the lemon and lime zests.
  5. Garnish with Parmesan shavings, some more pepper and mint; serve.

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