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Pears with Maple Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola dolce, or dolcelatte, is a creamy, slightly sweet blue cheese. Look for it in specialty shops. If you can't find it, try regular Gorgonzola, which will have a richer flavor.

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  • Servings: 4
Pears with Maple Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Source: Dinner at Home, 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 4 ripe red Bartlett pears, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into wedges
  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola dolce, room temperature

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir sugar and salt in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and maple syrup into a large saute pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add nuts; toss to coat.

  2. Transfer nuts to a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mixture; toss to coat. Toast in oven until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Let nuts cool completely on sheet on a wire rack.

  3. To serve, arrange candied nuts, pear wedges, and Gorgonzola on a serving platter.

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