Grilled cos, pear, cottage cheese & sunflower pesto

Grilled cos, pear, cottage cheese & sunflower pesto

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Nordic Light
Serves
2 with leftovers
Prep
10 mins
Cooking time
5 mins
Photographer
Simon Bajada

The grilled cos lettuce gives this dish a unique, pleasant flavour and texture, although you don’t have to grill it if you don’t want to. I like to make a batch of this pesto up and keep it for other dishes – unfortunately the sunflower kernels turn the pesto bitter if they are not soaked, so you’ll need to start preparing this a day before eating.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 baby cos lettuces, halved lengthways
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
2 crisp nashi or bosc pears, cored and thinly sliced into acidulated cold water
200g cottage cheese

Sunflower pesto

Quantity Ingredient
125g sunflower kernels, rinsed
2 garlic cloves
50g baby spinach leaves
1 bunch basil, leaves only
100ml rapeseed oil
1 teaspoon honey
100g hard, granular cheese, grated, (such as västerbotten or parmesan)
1 lime, juiced

Method

  1. To make the pesto, place the rinsed sunflower kernels in a small bowl or jar and pour over enough cold water to cover. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to soak overnight at room temperature.
  2. Drain and rinse the sunflower kernels, then place them in a food processor or blender together with the garlic, spinach, basil, oil, honey, cheese and lime juice and blitz until all the ingredients have come together to form a rough paste. Season with salt to taste. If the pesto is a little too thick, thin it with a tablespoon or two of water.
  3. Heat a chargrill pan until almost smoking. Brush the lettuce halves with the rapeseed oil, add to the pan, cut side down, and cook for 2 minutes, or until nicely charred.
  4. Divide the lettuce halves between serving plates, top with the pear slices and spoon over the cottage cheese and dollops of the sunflower pesto to serve.
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