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Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine with Black Truffle Oil

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine with Black Truffle Oil   

Calling all blue cheese lovers!

I feel bad even calling this a recipe, but every once in a while you come across something so simple yet delicious that it would be selfish not to share it with all of you. Like truffle oil and Parmesan cheese on French fries, some flavor combinations should not be ignored. 5 ingredients…and completely addictive. 

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine

I believe this tartine could be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or even make a light dinner. You may even entertain the idea by serving it in bite size pieces as an elegant appetizer at your next holiday party. It could also be a jumping off point to a quiche or a salad (I’ll elaborate on some of these ideas a little further down).

Let’s get real, tartine is just a fancy way of saying a toasted open-faced sandwich. This is similar to how we use the term crostini to simply say small pieces of toasted bread with toppings. Like the word hors d’oeuvre to really say appetizer (small bites of food that you’re not typically supposed to fill up on before dinner but inevitably do). All 3 of these words lean on the pretentious side, yet we can all agree that tartine sounds so much more appetizing.

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine

This particular ‘recipe’, a term I use lightly, stemmed from a recipe for truffled goat cheese and pear (which is also a brilliant idea, btw). You start with slices of ripe but slightly crisp pear, a drizzle of honey, black truffle oil (or white truffle oil works too, but I prefer the earthiness of black truffle oil for this particular recipe), and a smattering of crumbled blue cheese topped on freshly toasted bread. Obviously, there’s a lot of room for your own creativity. If you’re not a big fan of a strong blue cheese, a cambozola or gorgonzola could easily serve as a substitution. Both are milder (and creamier) but provide enough earthiness and tad of sharpness to compliment the sweetness of the pear and honey. If you choose to go with a creamier variety, you’ll want to put a thin slice of cheese on first, then layer with pears, honey and then oil. I like to bake mine slightly to melt the cheese before drizzling with honey and oil. 

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine with Black Truffle Oil
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Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of your favourite bread
  2. 1 ripe pear
  3. blue cheese of choice
  4. honey to drizzle
  5. black truffle oil to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F if you are choosing to heat and soften the cheese slightly. This is optional. Toast the bread using a toaster or do it in the oven. Place a layer of sliced pear on each slice of toasted bread. Add chucks of crumbled blue cheese on top of the pear slices. Place the slices on a cookie sheet and bake until cheese is starting to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the tartines from the oven and drizzle with honey and black truffle oil.
  2. In a snap you could skip the whole oven process but I do find that the flavors seem merried better when slightly heated through.
Notes
  1. If you are using creamier styles of milder blue cheese, you may want to put the cheese onto the bread first, melt it in the oven slightly, then proceed to adding the pear slices. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and heat for another 2 minutes. Remove the tartines from the oven and drizzle with the remaining ingredients.
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Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine

Before I leave you, I’d like to address the cost of truffle oil, since it’s worth a mention. Great quality truffle oils are quite expensive. Don’t let that deter you from this recipe or versions of it. There are different grades of truffle oil and the cliché ‘ you get what you pay for’ is true here too. However, finding a  mid-grade oil is an affordable option and does the trick nicely. I buy a 50ml bottle from a couple different olive oil specialty shops for about $7. That’s expensive considering you are only getting 50ml, but a little goes a long way. I’ve been using the same bottle for just over a year and I still have a 1/3 of a bottle left. I can’t suggest strongly enough that A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. Start with just a thin drizzle and add more if need be. Truffle oil carries a strong flavor that can easily overpower even the flavor of blue cheese. Yes…even blue cheese. I’d like to mention that I’ve found if you add it at the very end, it preserves the flavor. It seems that the flavor diminishes during the cooking process, forcing me to use even more to attain the same intensity.

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartine

Please experiment if you enjoy this flavor combination as much as I do. It pairs well will spicy salad greens such as Arugula, or with something saltier such as chopped beet greens. You could do something hardier such as cooked barley tossed in a honey mustard vinaigrette and even get a little fussy by adding in fresh tarragon. The next recipe would make for a unique brunch idea. A frittata with baby potatoes and blue cheese would be lovely. A thin layer of sliced pears on top, finished in the oven for 15 minutes, skip the honey and simply drizzle with a black truffle oil.

By on November 30, 2015 in Appetizer, Blog, Brunch, Cheese, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Pear, Recipes, Vegetarian

The Best Summer Dessert: Peaches with Ricotta and Salted Maple Brazil Nuts

Peaches and ricotta with Salted Brazil NutsDessert or Breakfast?

Spoon or Fork?

These are the dilemmas I was faced with yesterday. Sure dessert for breakfast isn’t one of the world’s big challenges, but most of the world’s problems don’t come together in 10 minutes or please the mouth or stomach as well as this either.

I’m a late comer to ricotta. Not sure why. But once I get fixated on something, it’s hard to shake it. I’m like a dog with a bone until something else gets my attention and I’m onto my ‘new thing’. You don’t need to do anything to ricotta and fruit to make it a sinfully good dessert (which is not sinful at all and I sometimes enjoy for breakfast). A few slices of perfectly ripened fruit, a 1/4 cup of ricotta and the smallest drizzle of honey or maple syrup is all it takes. It is the best summer dessert (or breakfast) that comes together easily in minutes.

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By on August 6, 2013 in Blog, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Dessert, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Nuts, Popular Posts, Recipes, Snack, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Deliciously Holistic – A Book Review and Lemon Dill Goat Cheese

Lemon Dill Yogurt Goat Cheese

I have had the pleasure of receiving Deliciously Holistic* by Shelley Alexander, this past week. Thank you Shelley for sending me your lovely book to review.** I have spent the last week flipping through it daily, reading not only the recipes, but the wealth of knowledge that it contains. What’s different about this book is that it is a resource, not just a bunch of great recipes (which it also has, more than a 150 in fact).

Maybe I should start by telling you a little bit about Shelley. She is the owner of one of my favorite blogs and companies, A Harmony Healing. She received her chef’s training at The Los Angeles Culinary Institute and is a certified healing foods specialist and holistic chef. So it’s not surprising that every recipes leads in with information about each recipe.

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By on July 16, 2013 in Appetizer, Blog, Cheese, Gluten Free, Informational, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Snack, Vegetarian

Whole Food Wednesday: Baked Ricotta with Roasted Tomato Parsley Salad

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us!

Tapas style dinners are my favorite and what would a tapas style dinner be without some yummy cheese and some good bread?

Many of you out there have gluten sensitivities and allergies. Some may even be celiac. This is very common these days. You’ll be happy to hear that some breads (not gluten free ones) can be digested by those having sensitivities and issues with gluten and grains. If you’re celiac, you may want to look into the GAPS diet. For the others consider this…

There are actually 3 options, not including gluten free products:

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By on April 11, 2012 in Appetizer, Blog, Brunch, Cheese, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Tomato, Vegetarian, Whole Food Wednesdays

Whole Food Wednesday: Prosciutto Wrapped Haloumi and Fennel Apple Salad

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us.

Wait, stop! If you aren’t into pork don’t go away! This is equally as tasty with or without pig. Haloumi is a wonderful thing. It’s a cheese that really does eat like a meat. It’s salty, grillable, slightly squeaky like cheese curds, and is easily sliced into slabs.

Fennel, apple and mint make a lovely compliment to the salty goodness of this middle eastern cheese. The possibilities are endless really. Cube it and skewer it for the BBQ, or grill it on it’s own and squeeze fresh lime juice and chopped fresh mint to make an elegant appetizer. Pair it with rocket and tomatoes for a simple filling salad.

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By on February 22, 2012 in Blog, Brunch, Cheese, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad

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