Since I have not written in a week ( sorry!!) I figured I would double dip tonight.
I love cheese, (almost as much as my best friend Mary does), and I could easily make a meal out of a hunk of cheese and some fruit. But since my oven is already on ( see posting below) I would like to play around a bit.
Fruit and cheese are a classing paring, and almost any fruit will match any cheese. Tonight I’m working with what I’ve got in the fridge, so pears and Grana Padano it is.
Grana Padano, is similar to Parmigiana Reggiano but has a more subtle flavor which works nicely with pears. It is also amazing shaved over an arugula salad, or added to pasta dishes. Or you can just leave a hunk on a plate, add some fruit and make a meal out of it.
Pear and Grana Padano Toast
2 slices of multi grain bread
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pear (peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slivers)
1/4 cup grated Grana Padano cheese
2 tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cut bread into triangles ( diagonally in half, then in quarters). Place triangles on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and toast for 3 minutes.
Remove from oven. Layer each piece with pears and top with grated cheese. Place baking sheet back in the oven until the cheese melts, (about 8 minutes).
Let cool and drizzle with honey.
These toasts would also be great hor d’oeurves for cocktail parties!