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Roquefort Butter and Red Pear Tea Sandwiches

The red skins of the pears are a colorful accent to these simple tea sandwiches. Use the Roquefort butter in other combinations such as with watercress or thinly sliced tomato.

  • yield: Makes 2 dozen

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Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 red pear, cored and very thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 16 thin slices white bread or brioche

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine lemon juice and the water in a small bowl; immerse sliced pears until ready to use to prevent discoloration. Blot dry with paper towels before using.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, gently stir Roquefort into butter, leaving small bits of cheese. Be careful not to overmix, or the butter will turn blue. Add pepper.

  3. Step 3

    Spread a thin layer of Roquefort butter on two slices of bread. Line one with pears, overlapping slightly, and top with the other bread slice. Use a serrated knife to trim crusts and cut into three rectangles (about 1 by 3 inches). Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cover with damp paper towels until ready to serve.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2002

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Reviews (1)

  • greatart 10 Mar, 2012

    I believe 1/4 cup is 1/2 stick of butter so, perhaps 1/2 cup (1 stick)?