Griddled pears with goat’s cheese & hazelnut dressing

Impress guests with this deceptively simple starter, made with pears, goat’s cheese, watercress and hazelnuts. It’s ready in just 15 minutes, and perfect at Christmas

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:5 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 261
  • fat 21g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 9g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 40g toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped or crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 pears, cored
  • handful of watercress, to serve
  • 100g goat's cheese, crumbled


  1. Combine the hazelnuts with the oil, vinegar and a pinch of sea salt flakes. Slice each pear into six wedges.

  2. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat and griddle the pear wedges until slightly charred. Arrange three in a line on each plate. Tuck some watercress around the pears, then crumble over the goat’s cheese. Dot over the hazelnut dressing.

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