Grilled pears with blue cheese and walnuts

I used to HATE blue cheese. Growing up, even the whiff of blue cheese would send me running from the room. Then I met my boyfriend, who loves it.

He  forced me persuaded me to try it again and gradually, I actually came to like it. Now, I absolutely adore it and eat it all the time. It just goes to show, that even if you think you don’t like something, it’s worth tasting it occasionally to make sure that your tastes haven’t changed. I’m not sure this applies to everything though. I keep trying olives with the expectation that one day I’ll find them delicious, but to no avail! They still taste like perfume to me.

Since blue cheese is a fairly new ingredient for me, I’ve been looking for new ways to use it and since I love pears this seemed like the perfect thing to try. It would make a delicious starter for a dinner party, no?

From Delicious Magazine

  • 2 large pears, not too ripe
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 50g creamy blue cheese, such as cornish blue
  • 20g shelled walnut pieces
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/fan160c/gas4. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Slice the unpeeled pears in half lengthways and scoop out the core. Lower the griddle pan to medium and cook the pears cut side down for 3-5 mins.
  2. Transfer the pears to a roasting tray, cut side up and drizzle with honey. Roast for 10-20 mins until tender. The roasting time will depend on the ripeness and variety of the pears.
  3. Lay a slice of cheese on each pear and roast for 1-2 mins until the cheese melts. Remove, scatter with walnuts and serve.