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
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!