Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ile de France Cheese of the Month: Roasted Pears with Saint Agur

For anyone who grew up during the 70's and 80's in middle America, bleu cheese was only consumed in one way; salad dressing. Not that there's anything wrong with bleu cheese dressing, it's necessary for hot wings and a staple on salad bars, but there is so much more to the blue-veined cheese that it really should be tried, if only once, as-is or with something other than a lettuce leaf.

There is more than one variety of bleu cheese, though and not all are created equal. The Ile de France bleu cheeses are a perfect example of quality and variety. Saint Agur, for example, is a wonderfully rich and creamy bleu rather than the usual crumbly type. It is deep in flavor and the texture is beautifully smooth; the perfect complement to roasted pears. It melted perfectly with little heat and remained very flavorful even after cooling.

Roasted Pears with Saint Agur
Serves 8
Printable Recipe

4 large pears, halved and seeded
1 Tabespoon olive oil
8 ounces Ile de France Saint Agur Bleu Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat the bottom of a non-stick roasting pan with olive oil.
Set pears, cut side down, into pan. Roast for 20 minutes, or until pears soften.
Set pears right-side-up and top with cheese.
Let stand briefly as cheese melts. Serve warm.


Anonymous said...

You have got to send me a goodies box! I am so hungry.

monicajane said...

this looks fantastic...I eat apples and pears both with all sorts of cheese, including bleu, and I don't like blue cheese dressing as it is generally over-processed goop in American restaurants...

of course home made bleu cheese dressing made with the real thing is great...

monicajane said...

oh...I should say, I've NOT cooked the fruit first and I am intrigues and WILL be trying it!


kat said...

What a wonderful dish! We love blue cheese in so many ways, even in mac & cheese.

Naoko said...

We love blue cheese also, have you tried it with other cheese as well? I was just wondering, what other cheese would go well with the pears.