This post is brought to you by USA Pears.
For this recipe I was looking to get that salty and sweet combination of flavors that everyone loves. The Red Anjou, with its sweet and slightly tangy flavor, compliments the salty cheese and prosciutto topping perfectly. Add a touch of mint and you’ve got a refreshingly delicious appetizer ready to serve in under 10 minutes.
I want to give you a couple variations of this dish before we get right down to it. I did trial runs with a few different options and decided that these flavor combinations were our favorites:
Red Anjou + prosciutto + gruyere + mint
Red Anjou + prosciutto + gruyere + basil
Red Anjou + pancetta + gruyere + basil
Red Anjou + pancetta + soft white cheddar
Be sure to talk to your grocery store cheese monger for help experimenting with the cheeses. Most are happy to slice off a piece or two to taste test in the store, so if you aren’t a fan of gruyere with the sweetness of pear they can offer more suggestions.
- 1 USA Pear Red Anjou
- 2 slices prosciutto or 4 slices cooked pancetta
- 12 slices thinly cut gruyere cheese
- Fresh mint
- Slice the pear directly in half. Core each half removing the seeds.
- Slice each pear half into 6-8 pieces. Layer with gruyere, prosciutto and mint. Serve as is
- or hold together with a toothpick.
USA Pears is a nonprofit marketing organization that represents 1,600 pear growers of Oregon and Washington, who together produce approximately 84% of the fresh pears grown in the United States. Special thanks to them for sponsoring this post and providing me the opportunity to work with one of my favorite fruits!
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