Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Recipe - Endive Spears with Stilton Cheese, Toasted Pecans, and SauteedPears

Here is a simple, elegant and quick recipe to use especially during the holiday season.  I tried this appetizer at a holiday party a couple of years ago and I have loved it ever since.  The recipe is super easy to prepare but looks like a gourmet dish when arranged on a platter in a floral pattern.  Serve this appetizer at your next gathering and everyone will think that you are a gourmet chef!  Enjoy...


Endive Spears with Stilton Cheese, 
Toasted Pecans, and Sauteed Pears
(original base recipe from FoodNetwork.com but tweaked by yours truly)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 25 Spears

Ingredients

3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp sugar
2 pears, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Stilton cheese, crumbled (or any other blue cheese or soft cheese, like feta or goat)
25 endive spears (or more)
1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped, toasted
1 cup cream cheese (for presentation)
Watercress or other fresh herbs, for garnish

Directions

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add the butter and sugar.  Add the diced pears and cook until well caramelized, approx 8 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, fresh ground black pepper and olive oil.  Add the mixture to the Stilton (or soft cheese - blue, feta, goat, etc.).  Assemble the spears 1 by 1, starting with the cheese, then the sauteed pears and topping them off with a sprinkling of toasted chopped pecans.  These can be garnished with a sprig of watercress or other fresh herb, if desired.

Presentation tip: Arrange the spears on a plate by first making a small mound of cream cheese and the sticking each spear into the cream cheese in a floral, 3-dimensional pattern.  Gorgeous and yummy!