pear tartines with blue cheese and honey

by Sam on February 10, 2014

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The combination of pears and blue cheese is as classic as it gets. Grilled on a crunchy baguette with honey drizzled all over, and walnuts scattered on top, is stuff that comes straight out of food heaven.

I saw Gordon Ramsay make something similar on TV, and this inspired me to dive into the kitchen and create these. He used goats cheese, which I also love, but I think I put blue cheese at the top of the list for these tartines.

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I used a lovely sharp Gorgonzola-style cheese which works so well here. The saltiness contrasts with the sweetness of the pear and honey. The toasted walnuts, along with the crunchy toasted baguette give this snack so much amazing texture. I want to say it’s a party in your mouth, but that is such a cliche.

My suggestion is to just make it and then pop on back and tell me you agree.

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This is what you do:

Slice the baguette lengthways in half and lightly butter the cut side and toast this on a griddle pan or under a hot grill. If you want the tartine to be extra crunchy, I would suggest lightly toasting the underside too. I used 2 mini baguettes, making 4 tartines, but if you are making a longer one you can simply cut them up before serving. Layer the blue cheese fairly generously on the toasted cut side and place the pear slices on top of that. You even drop a few more pieces of cheese on top of hte pear creating a layered effect. Toast them under a hot grill until they start to bubble. Add chopped walnuts and then continue to grill for a futher minute or so. I find the walnuts burn if you add them at the beginning. You could also just scatter already toasted and chopped walnuts at the end.

Drizzle these tartines with honey and tuck in.

If you are like me, and love the whole pear and blue cheese vibe, you can check out a few more of my ideas over here:

Pear, blue cheese and walnut salad with a maple vinaigrette (This is also one of my all time most popular posts)

Raisin bread French toast with caramelised pears and gorgonzola

Easy tortilla pizza with pear and blue cheese

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

usha February 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

this looks heavenly, i personally dont like any cheese–but will try it for my sons–they will love it

Jen @ Savory Simple February 11, 2014 at 2:03 am

I would go to town on this.

Sam February 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

Ha ha Jen, living on ones own, this is rather a dangerous snack to make it has to be said.

Sarah February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

This looks seriously divine!

Jess February 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm

This looks absolutely divine! :) Love your photography!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) February 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Fabulous appetizer. Pinned to make soon.

cheri February 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

Pears and blue cheese are a perfect combination, like the fact that they are drizzled in honey.

Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

Stunning tartines, and these flavors are dangerously delicious!

Sam February 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thanks Laura, cant be making these very often.

Sam February 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Jess :-)

Denise February 13, 2014 at 2:43 am

I am eating these with a glass of Sauvignon blanc. Simply, thank you.

Sam February 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hi Denise that is awesome – cheers :-). Sauv would be stunning with these.

Simone February 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

That looks fantastic. Good choice to replace th goatcheese with blue cheese (big blue cheese fan here)

Mariana February 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hi Sam. I have loads of recipe book that I’ve collected over the years, but it’s your recipes that I mostly use now: uncomplicated, unpretentious and simply delicious! What more could I ask? I’ve compiled a file of your recipes for my student daughter who has just moved into digs (many of them have become staples in our home, and they are tried and trusted) :)

Sam February 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Oh wow Mariana, that has totally made my day, thank you. I am so glad you enjoy what I do here.
Sam x

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