I should first mention that my husband returned home from his 17 days of business travel on Friday night. Not only did he make it home, but he made it home early! Granted, it was only by 10 minutes, but it was nice nonetheless.
Although it could have seemed a reason for celebration, we had a weekend consisting of normalcy: a birthday party for our 5 year old nephew, lunch with good friends, shopping for furniture on Saturday night. On Sunday, it was a quiet day, with a my husband’s birthday dinner planned for that evening. Knowing that we would be indulging in lots of good foods, we ate a light breakfast. After running a few errands, we returned home quite hungry. Being only 1:00, it was quite some time until dinner, but still we didn’t want to risk feeling full later. I took this as an opportunity to do some culinary creating.
Looking in our refrigerator, I noticed that we had a couple of bosc pears that were quite firm. They would not be ripe enough to eat off the core, but with a little bit of cooking, they would be perfect. To make this snack more filling (and yummy) I checked out our stash of cheeses and was pleased to find both Gorgonzola and fresh mozzarella. I easily could make some sort of appetizer that would feel pretty decadent, but actually would be simple to make and not very filling.
The first pairing I chose was Gorgonzola and pear. This Gorgonzola had a great bite to it and a wonderfully silky texture. The cheese would have a dual role. Its savoriness would offer a nice contrast to the sweetness of the pear. Its creamy consistency would allow it to be spread easily on the cracker and hold the pear slice in place. Served aside Version 2 of the pear and cheese combination, it was hard to decide which was preferred.
- 1 bosc pair, cored & thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 20 wafer crackers*
- Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
- Add butter, and once melted, add pear slices.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until slightly golden but still firm.
- Sprinkle sugar over slices and cook for an additional minute.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Spread approximately 1 teaspoon of Gorgonzola on each cracker. Top each with a pear slice.
- *You can use whatever type of cracker you prefer. However, a thin and unflavored cracker will allow the tastes of the pear and Gorgonzola to be prominent.