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Herbed Cheese with Pears, Pine Nuts, and Honey

Cheese drizzled with honey is a traditional Mediterranean appetizer; when mixed with fruit and nuts, it makes a tantalizing dessert.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Tina Rupp

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 6 ounces fresh goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 ripe but firm Bartlett pears
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons flavorful honey, such as buckwheat, chestnut, or leatherwood

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place ricotta in a fine sieve set over a bowl; let excess liquid drain, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, spread nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until lightly browned, tossing occasionally, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

  2. Step 2

    In a food processor or medium bowl, mix together goat cheese and drained ricotta until creamy and thoroughly combined. Stir in thyme, parsley, and lemon zest; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Slice each pear into six wedges. Divide herbed cheese among four serving plates, spooning it into mounds. Arrange three pear wedges next to cheese on each plate. Sprinkle with nuts; drizzle about 2 teaspoons honey over each portion of cheese and pears. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

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Reviews (1)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 25 Jan, 2013

    Herbed Cheese with Pears, Pine Nuts, and Honey
    Russell's Friday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!