Inspiration for this bright and succulent meal-starter came from a magazine at the chiropractor’s office. Once home, I could neither recall the name of the magazine nor the components of the dip. No problem! Just dream, imagine, risk.
The resulting dish is shockingly easy for the impact it delivers, both visually and taste-wise.
Since risk is the name of the game, I divided the dip in half the first time trying this dish. Earlier in the day we had oven-roasted fresh asparagus with crushed garlic and olive oil. The oil had not overheated and the garlic was roasted but not browned. In other words, it was perfect. The asparagus was gone, but the oil and garlic remained.
As any garlic addict would do, I added the garlic, oil, and a pinch of cayenne to one half of the dip. Now we had two dips. What fun for tasting and critiquing!
Both renditions were lovely, but we all felt the garlic-y version played better with the bacon.
The following recipe will give you a memorable meal starter for four people. It also makes a fine mid-afternoon snack and would be a wonderful side dish for brunch. You’ll find all sorts of ways to enjoy this pear-filled event!
The dip can be made in advance and kept refrigerated for a couple of days. It is best, however, to slice the pears just as you are assembling the dish. This keeps the pears from turning dark and helps preserve the precious juice that pears are known for.