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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

Individual Pear and Hazelnut Tart with Lemon Goat Cheese Cream

Pear Hazelnut Tart

What could be more exciting than yummy pear and hazelnut tarts?

Yeah, I agree. Not much. They pretty much rock my world.

But I do have some news that comes pretty close. First, I’ll be leaving for Vietnam in less than a weeks time! Actually, by this time next week, I’ll be on a plane! I am ridiculously excited not only to see my friends that have been living there for 5 years but also for a new adventure, since I’ve never been. Have you been? If you have any recommendations please leave it in the comment section! I’d love to hear from you.

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By on October 15, 2013 in Blog, Dessert, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Pear, Popular Feasts, Recipes, Vegetarian

Cranberry Pear Smoothie – Bring On The Fall Flavors!

Cranberry Pear Smoothie

Smoothies don’t always have to include berries. By stepping outside the box, there’s a whole world of flavour combinations awaiting you! I thought I’d share my favourite fall smoothies.

Cranberries have become my new ‘go to’ smoothie fruit. I love that they are tart, relatively low on the glycemic index and offer all kinds of anti oxidants. It’s not news that cranberries also help with urinary tract health. For all those ladies out there that get what my sister calls ‘C.U.T.I. ‘ (acute urinary tract infection) pronounced cutie, ‘like you’re such a cutie patootie’. Except a C.U.T.I  is never cute. Cranberries also help promote mouth health by inhibiting mouth bacteria (your hygienist will thank you) and it’s research is showing promising results for cancer prevention.

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By on September 20, 2013 in Beverage, Blog, Breakfast, Cranberry, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Pear, Popular Posts, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Poached Pears with Hazelnut Shortbread

When it comes to entertaining, anything that can be made ahead of time is a big bonus. If the ingredients are flexible, even better. And by that I mean, if it can be made gluten free or dairy free or vegan then I can keep the same menu no matter who is coming and adjust on the fly depending on allergies and preferences.

Poached pears happen to be relatively inexpensive to make and they can be fancied up or dressed down for more casual affairs. This is a kid friendly version but if you’re only entertaining adults, than it can be made with red wine. Yum.

The hazelnut shortbread is entirely optional. If you have someone who is following a grain free diet, they can still enjoy this beautiful dessert without the cookie and still not feel deprived. Even better!

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By on December 2, 2012 in Blog, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Pear, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Beet and Pear Slaw on Tortillas with Dill Crème Fraiche

 

The word slaw is kind of like the word casserole…there’s just nothing sexy about it!

Hey baby, want some SLAW for dinner?

Even if you say it with a slack jaw, “Slaw…”

Still not that appetizing.

But THIS slaw is different, nothing at all like it’s grandfather, the coleslaw, so don’t let the name deter you from trying it. YOU know the “grandfather coleslaw” I’m talking about. The nasty one found in buckets at the grocery store, or the one so often served next to fish and chips. The one that is literally dripping wet with a nasty mix of mayonnaise and unpronounceable ingredients and the cabbage has gone all limp and soft in this unnatural state.

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By on May 12, 2012 in Beet, Blog, Gluten Free, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian

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