Pears with Brie and Prosciutto

Recipes, Small Plates & Snacks
pears with brie and prosciutto
pears with brie and prosciutto

Photo: Leigh Loftus

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.

pears with brie and prosciutto

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Pears with Brie and Prosciutto
Recipe type: Small Plates & Snacks, Cooking for a Crowd
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
  • 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
  1. 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.

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    April 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I worked at a restaurant that did a salad version of this, but with the addition of spinach, a light honey mustard dressing, pecans and thinly sliced red onion rings. Please try it out if you love the pear/blue cheese/prosciutto combination.

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    Dhara Patel
    March 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hi Maris it’s Dhara from Edelman! Love your blog — to make a quick lunch out of this you can also get some focaccia crisp/heat up the bread in a pan with some butter (as you would with grill cheese) or even a panini press, place the pears, gorgonzola, and I like to drizzle some honey, which pairs perfectly with the prosciutto and arugula. Fry it up and at the last minute add some arugula and the prosciutto so it doesn’t wilt/cook in the heat! This is one of my bf’s fav quickie dinners I put together for us along with a side of tossed salad or soup!

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    Sarah Caron
    March 3, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Oh, that sounds like a perfect matching of flavors. I love everything in this. YUM!

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    The Food Hunter
    March 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    sounds wonderful

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    March 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Oh my god. I love pears, blue cheese and proscuitto. Oh baby jesus I want some now.

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    March 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    pear and gorgonzola? oh yum. I love pears paired with good cheeses.

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    March 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I’m so with you, in fact I’m making pasta tonight with pears, prosciutto & blue cheese

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    March 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Oh wow, this sounds so perfect to me. I’m not a big fan of fruit in general (yes, I know it’s so healthful but I’ve never been a fruit eater.) But I love pears (and gorgonzola!)

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    March 2, 2010 at 5:17 am

    What a gorgeous picture. It all looks like it goes together so well. Looks good enough to eat!

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