Enjoy the season and add a little Blue to your Holidays with a variety Salemville® cheese.
When the holiday season seems to be spinning all around us, take a little time out to slow down and enjoy this recipe for a delicious and indulgent Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Bruschetta!
This year, I’m all ready for Christmas, which is a huge feat for me. Typically, I am one of those last-minute shoppers that without fail, will have forgotten a few things, but not this year! Pat on the back? Why, yes please.
In my preparedness, I’m still working at full steam with every day life, and one of those things that I enjoy is having that quality time with friends and family. There’s nothing like spending that time catching up and having a good laugh surrounded with some incredible food.
During this time of festive cheer, shopping and the general holiday rush, Salemville® cheese wants to inspire you to slow down for the holidays with a special holiday giveaway. That means that between now until December 31st, you can enter to win a grill smoker valued at $1,000! So don’t miss the chance, go enter now and fingers crossed.
For more information and to enter the Salemville® “Slow Down for the Holidays” Sweepstakes, click HERE.
Salemville® is an award-winning artisan cheese, with varieties of blue-veined cheeses that have been crafted in the heart of Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland. Their cheeses are incredible! Think smooth, rich and earthy flavored cheese that is ideal to add to so many meals from salads to a charcuterie board and so much more. If you’re concerned about preservatives, no worries, there are no preservatives or chemical additives to think about, plus as that added bonus, they are rich in calcium.
I love cheese, and you can be sure to find a variety in my refrigerator at all times, this is so I can incorporate them into any recipe that I’m throwing together, whether it’s a planned or spontaneous meal. To ensure that you enjoy quality and beautifully flavored cheese, look for the Salemville® brand. They have my all-time favorite Salemville® Blue Cheese, as well as, Salemville® Gorgonzola Cheese (yum), their Reserve Cheese and the amazing Salemville® Smokekaus Blue® Cheese. For this recipe I went with the Salemville® Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles, perfection.
- ½ cup Walnut pieces, toasted
- 1 Red Pear, diced into bite size pieces
- ½ cup dried Cranberries
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp fresh Thyme leaves (1/2 tsp dried)
- Pinch of Salt
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- 2 – 3 tsp Aromatic Bitters
- ½ cup Rum, optional
- Salemville® Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Loaf of your favorite Crusty Bread, sliced into ½ slices (I used a Cranberry Walnut Country Loaf)
- In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the Walnuts for about 2 – 3 minutes, remove from heat and set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium high heat, add the Pears, Cranberries, Water, Honey, Thyme, Salt and Pepper. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium low, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 10 minutes, and until most of the liquid has evaporated. Pears should be just softened.
- Add in the Toasted Walnuts, Aromatic Bitters and the Rum, cook for an additional 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve.
- You can toast the bread in the oven at 350°F for about 8 – 10 minutes or until starting to turn golden. Alternatively, you can pop them in the toaster, and toast to your liking.
Top off the toasted Bread with the Pears and Walnuts mixture, top off with a few crumbles of the Salemville® Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles and you’re all set.
Serve and Enjoy!
The Rum is completely optional (no substitution needed), but adds a layer of spicy flavor that tastes amazing with the Salemville® Amish Blue Cheese.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.