These baked pears with blue cheese encompass so many flavors and textures! Tender, juicy pears are baked with maple syrup and thyme sprigs, then stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts, a bit of salt and pepper, and drizzled with more maple syrup. Sweet, savory, tender, and crunchy all in one baked fruit! They make an elegant and delicious appetizer or snack, and they are even quite healthy!
Sometimes I make food to please certain members of my family, or sometimes even the whole family, and sometimes, I make something just for me. These baked pears with blue cheese fall under the latter category (though my daughter tried them and loved them). I absolutely love blue cheese, especially when it is paired with fruit. The sweet/savory taste is so satisfying to me, and pears in the winter time seem like such a gift.
I always get such good food inspiration when I go to get the oil changed in our car. I know that might sound unexpected, but it’s true! Our mechanic’s office is a secret haven for food-lovers, as the woman (and co-owner)who works in the office there loves food and is a great cook (and a great friend), and inevitably the conversations there often revolve around our latest recipes. There happened to be another food-lover who was also waiting for her car when I was there last, and she was talking about the classic combination of pears and blue cheese. Since then, I have not been able to get it out of my mind, so I found an awesome recipe for it and am so happy with the result!
The following recipe is based on one I found on the blog Happy Kitchen.Rocks. I stayed pretty close to the recipe there, except I used pure maple syrup instead of honey. It is a very simple recipe that produces a beautiful appetizer with complex flavors. The thyme sprigs really add a flavorful touch. I was so excited to find that out in our herb garden, under the snow, there were still some green thyme sprigs!
It has been a very cold winter so far! We went up to northern Michigan for a few days around the New Year, and it was so bracingly cold, yet so beautiful in a pure, pared-down way.
After the busy holiday season, I got sick, so I have not been in the blog world for a little while. I am feeling much better and am happy to be back here. There is an art to finding the right balance between the urge to stay home and hibernate in the winter and the need to work, and to get out and exercise and see people. I am still working on that balance, but later today I plan to get out and cross country ski. I hope you all have a good weekend, and stay warm! I am sharing this lovely appetizer over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Lily @ Little Sweet Baker and Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju.
Baked Pears With Blue Cheese
- 3 pears, just ripe but still a bit firm
- 2-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 6 small sprigs of thyme
- 6 heaping teaspoons of soft blue cheese
- 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the pears in half length-wise. With a spoon or melon-baller, scoop out the seeds and make a small hollow in each half. Place the pear halves cut-side-up in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Drizzle a tablespoon of maple syrup over the pear halves. Then place a thyme sprig on each half. Bake in your 375 degree oven for 10-13 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
Pull the pears out of the oven and put a heaping teaspoon of blue cheese into the hollow of each pear half. You may want to remove the thyme sprig and then put it back on after the cheese. Top with the chopped walnuts and drizzle with another tablespoon or so of maple syrup. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. They are best served warm, but can also be served at room temperature. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from the blog Happy Kitchen.Rocks.