Even though the tongue is covered in taste buds, about 75% of what we taste actually comes from our sense of smell. Our mouths can only detect four distinguish four tastes: bitter, sour, salty and sweet.
Even though there are times when I’ll specifically crave sweets or savory, there are other times when a combination of flavors are the only thing that will fit the bill. Sweet and salty is a popular combination of flavors: a slice of bacon wrapped around a sweet date, a tangy cheese topped with a sweet chutney.
So when I was party-recipe shopping a few weeks ago and found the blue cheese on sale and aftewr several indecisive laps around the grocery store, decided that pear and prosciutto would be the winning combination.
The best part about these is that they’re so easy to assemble that you’ll have no problem delegating them out to friends who arrive early to your dinner party or to a significant other doing his or her due diligence in the kitchen.
- 2 pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett), each cut into 8 wedges
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup arugula
- 3 ounces brie cheese, cut into small pieces
- 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
- In a large bowl, toss the pears and lemon juice. Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese on a piece of prosciutto and roll up. Serve immediately.