Blue cheese with honey, thyme, dates, fried onions & seeds

Blue cheese with honey, thyme, dates, fried onions & seeds

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Serves
2
Photographer
Andrew Montgomery

I recall overhearing this conversation between my eldest daughter and my youngest as the two of them were snacking in the kitchen after school. For me, it was a priceless and very sweet little educational exchange about food.

‘You know that’s mould don’t you?’ ‘No, it’s not!’ ‘What the hell, that’s mould; I can’t believe you don’t know that!’ ‘It’s just blue cheese.’ ‘No, it’s mould!’ ‘Really?’ ‘Yes...! ‘Oh...’

The funny thing was that the youngest one really loved blue cheese, but she seemed to lose interest after this. Still, I think this fruity salad, with sticky dates and crunchy pumpkin seeds might very well bring her round again.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced
2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
150g blue cheese, such as Harbourne Blue or Perl Las
6-8 medjool dates, roughly chopped
4 teaspoons runny honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Place a medium frying pan over a medium heat. Add half the olive oil, then the onion. Cook the onion, turning regularly, until soft and caramelized. Add half the thyme leaves to the onions along with the pumpkin seeds. Toss the onion, pumpkin seeds and thyme together and cook for a further 1 minute, then turn off the heat.
  2. Crumble the cheese over two plates, dividing it equally between them, then do the same with the chopped dates. Divide the warm onion mixture between the two plates, then drizzle over the honey. Roughly tumble each salad together.
  3. In a small bowl, make a dressing by combining the remaining olive oil with the cider vinegar. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, then drizzle it over the two salad servings, scatter over the remaining thyme leaves, and serve immediately.
Tags:
River Cottage
seasonal
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