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Friday, December 18, 2020

Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts

Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar, and Toasted Walnuts is a delicious way to start a festive meal. And what a perfect time to enjoy this, right now winter pears are at their prime in the marketplace. Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar, and Toasted Walnuts is light, fresh and a perfect starter to serve to family and friends.  

Winter brings its own challenges for festive cooking. Depending upon where you live your marketplace may be filled to the brim with delicious foods from all over. Or if you live in a more rural community, you may find your selection is a bit more limited. We are rural, yet just outside of a larger community. Our market is fairly well stocked with beautiful produce displays, many of which are from neighboring farms. Plus we have access to a wonderful local farm offering a winter CSA share we are enjoying with a continually expanding love of vegetables!   

But from time to time we have lived where food in the marketplace was a bit more scarce and did not include a large variety. Especially while volunteering with the National Parks System. As a volunteer we often found ourselves with over an hours drive to the nearest market, only to find a very limited selection. The upside to a limited selection? That it is definitely the time to turn up the creativity in your kitchen for meal planning. 

But one thing I have found through the years, in just about every marketplace is pears. Which was the inspiration for this delicious starter. Once you source out the pears everything else can be found in your own well-stocked pantry! If you are not a Balsamic vinegar fan, feel free to use your favorite mild red wine vinegar, you are after a small amount of tangy flavor to highlight the sweet pear and the salty Gorgonzola. 

Our recipe for Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts serves 2, but you can easily multiply it for those around your table.

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • firm yet ripe pears
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Toasted Walnuts
  • Italian Parsley
You will also need the following:
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • serving plates
Now you are ready to begin!


Winter Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts.
Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts.

Fresh Pear with Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Walnuts
by the seat of my pants!

1 firm yet ripe Pear, do not peel
scant 1/4 c Gorgonzola cheese
scant T olive oil
scant T Balsamic vinegar
scant 1/4 c toasted walnut halves
Italian Parsley, if desired

In a small bowl, mash the Gorgonzola cheese together with the olive oil, to a chunky mass. Cut the pear in half, remove stem and core, leaving pear half intact, place each half on individual serving plates.

Divide the Gorgonzola mixture between the pear halves. Drizzle each with the Balsamic vinegar and arrange the toasted walnuts over and around the pear half. Add a sprig of Italian Parsley, if desired. 

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  1. I hope you like it as much as we did! Have a great day.

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  2. Gorgonzola , pear, and walnuts sounds like an amazing combination.

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    1. It is quite good, we don't serve a starter often, but this one we enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. Have a great week ahead.

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  3. This looks like an excellent starter for our Christmas meal! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks! Happy Holidays to you and yours as well! Have a great week ahead.

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  4. That's a great starter, Beautiful and delicious

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    1. Thank you! Have a great week ahead, and thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Wow. This sounds so, so good. I have pears on my curbside pickup for next week, and now I'm hoping I can add the cheese.

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    1. I think this would pair nicely with a crisp wine as part of a starter course...have a great week ahead and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. What an elegant dish! I think it would be delicious with a steak dinner.

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    1. A wonderful idea, thanks for stopping by! Have a great week ahead.

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  7. Looks delicious! I love fresh pears!

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    1. I hope you give this starter a try! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead!

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  9. This sounds like an awesome combo. Happy holidays! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  11. What a very special treat, it looks delicious! Hope you had a great Christmas and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,516. We hope to see you back here again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. These pears look so elegant!
    Just beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Laurie

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  13. Oh yeah. I need this . Thanks for the inspiration. It feels like the perfect lunch.

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    1. Hi Michele, it is quite delicious, and would make a great lunch! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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