Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
I think I got this from an old Gourmet magazine. It is an elegant pass around appetizer and appeals to anyone that likes blue cheese.
- 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 16 slices baguette (1/2 inches slices)
- 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
- Mash cheese and butter together.
- Add brandy and walnuts.
- Toast baguette slices (one side only).
- Turn and place 1 slice of pear on untoasted side.
- Top with 1 teaspoons of cheese mixture.
- Broil about 2 minutes or until bubbly.
Yummy! Two small changes, I roasted my nuts and used gorgonzola, just because I like it better than bleu. Honestly, probably didn't change the taste at all. I used bartlett because they were fresher, but any pear would work. I did do one thing differently, I toasted both sides first, then topped with the pear and cheese mix. I liked the toasted bread rather then untoasted. I tried it both ways and by far preferred the toasted. But great flavor, no changes other than the toasting, and blue cheese would be great. That was just a personal taste and the walnuts, toasted or not. Both work fine. Just habit, I always toast mine. Not big deal if you don't. Great flavor, tasty, and they all disappeared. Sweet, tangy great
Oh my, this looks fabuloso! Everything I love on a baguette! I plan on making this tomorrow and taking it to a friend's house for the appetizer. I'll be sure to get back to you. Part 2: I brought this to a friends home for appetizers and it was a HUGE hit! I wish I had made more. The pear balances out the saltiness of the cheese beautifully. I substituted slivered almonds for the walnuts due to allergies..... worked great. I also toasted the nuts in the oven before combining with the Gorgonzola cheese. THANKS, this recipe is a keeper!