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.
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.
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 the 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 further 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)
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