Pear and Blue Cheese Puffs

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How delicious – further Christmas cheese recipes!

I have always been a fan of cheese and fruit – anything crisp and sweet matched with a salty, oozy, strong tasting cheese hits the spot, every time.
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We usually use Stilton but I wanted to branch out a bit so we used Shropshire blue which was deeply satisfying. Make sure you use store bought puff pastry; in my opinion, there aren’t many reasons to make your own from scratch, and this isn’t one of them.

Whip up a batch of these for your next party – adapted from Aida Mollenkamp.

Serves about 10 peckish drinks-and-canapés guests

Ingredients

500g puff pastry
2 large ripe pears, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 tbsp thyme leaves, finely chopped
seasoning
200g your favourite blue cheese

Method

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan and fry the onions with plenty of pepper and a bit of salt until dark, about 15 minutes. Add the thyme and cook for a further couple of minutes.
  2. Add the diced pear and stir briefly until warmed through. Set aside.
  3. Set the puff pastry out on a floured surface. Take cookie or pastry cutters and cut out as many circles as you can from the pastry – ours was about 1 1/2 inches and we got about 50-ish circles. Place them on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and top each of these with a small amount of the pear mixture. Crumble the cheese generously on top.
  4. If you have extra pastry and cheese, make some extra plain cheese puff pastries to add to the mix!
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Author: Mandi

Twentysomethings in London trying to recreate some of the magic of professional cooking with a fraction of the budget and none of the skill.

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