Friday, October 10, 2008

A Pefect [Pear]

Strolling through the farmers' market I came upon some Asian pears that were quite inexpensive, they usually range from about a dollar to over a dollar per pound, so when I found them for for $0.69/lb I snatched some up quickly. If you've ever had an Asian pear, which I hadn't at the time, you'd have probably grabbed more than I did... I ended up with three and took them home very excited to try them. They are sometimes called apple-pears because they are firm like apples, but taste like pears. They are fragrantly sweet, just grainy enough to let you know they are in the pear family, and
I had a mini-wheel of gouda cheese that's been winking at me from the cheese drawer for weeks. Gouda is great out of hand or with fruit and wine. While I love eating slices for snacks, I've been avoiding it as I am trying to lose weight for an upcoming vacay to Mexico.
Well, these Asian babies proved too much for my will-power and I grabbed the gouda out of the drawer, sliced it thin and made myself little Asian pear and gouda sandwichs (no bread needed). The sweetness of the pear complimented the creamy, fruity, almost nutty cheese.
What else could I do with this wonderful combination, I asked myself? Well, I tried it with pecans on top, which was an excellent combination. I also speculated that melted gouda and grilled pears would be wonderful... But Daniel wasn't home and there was no way I was firing up the grill for just that... so I tried out some grilled gouda sandwiches... and added the slices of pear just after the cheese had melted, as I didn't want to cook them too much. The result? Another heavenly sandwich that just might take over the BLT's spot in my list of favorite things to place between two slices of bread.

Without further ado:

Grilled Gouda Sandwiches with Asian Pear

  • (enough for one sandwich) gouda cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 2 slices whole/cracked wheat bread
  • 1 Asian pear, thinkly sliced, seeds/core removed
  • pinch white pepper
  • butter or olive oil
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, place butter-side down and lay slices of gouda over each piece of bread (this is where shredded works nicely as it tends to melt faster in that form). Turn heat down to medium. Once the cheese has melted, layer on the Asian pear slices over one piece of bread. Sprinkle a pinch of white pepper over the other and use a spatula to flip it onto the cheese/pear layered slice.
Cut sandwich across or diagonally and enjoy.

PS: Sorry, no pictures turned out, :( I'll have to post some when I try this recipe again.
PSS: Even if you don't make this sandwich, try the combination of gouda and pear, it really is delectable!Stumble Upon Toolbar
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Suzee said...

I love asian pears. I was at the store on the way home and the big special was 2 for $5. Sometimes I hate living in Manhattan.

miss v said...

this sounds really good. i'll have to dig around in my cookbooks to see if i can find a vegan gouda substitute. ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

Those sound mighty tasty!

miss v said...

thanks for the gouda link and yes, i am definitely going to order it. i need to wait about another month or so until it's a bit chillier (i'm a little freaky about it spoiling since our weather hasn't completely turned over yet). thanks for the recipe!

Kevin said...

I like adding fruit to grilled cheese sandwiches. This combo sounds good.