A good thing that comes from constantly blabbering on about food and wine is that you become known as a food and wine person--and then, at gift-giving times, receive things to eat and to drink.
A bad thing that comes from constantly blabbering on about food and wine is that you become known as a person who could surely polish off a 1/2 pound wedge of blue cheese before it overstays its welcome.
But when the giver is savvy enough to time the cheese delivery with the arrival of a box of pears riding first-class from California in foam-cushioned luxury (one still draped in a golden pashmina no less), then walnuts are toasted, Greek yogurt is deployed, and all's well that dips well.
Makes my years as a gargoyle person seem tragically misspent.
Blue cheese, walnut, pear spread
- 1-1/2 cups Greek yogurt (2% fat or higher)
- zest of one lemon
- salt and freshly-ground pepper
- 6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled into small pieces
- 1 pear, diced
- 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
- Crackers, crostini, or endive for serving
In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
Gently fold in the blue cheese, pear, and walnuts. Taste for seasoning.
Transfer spread to a serving bowl--surrounded by crackers, crostini, or endive leaves--and let 'em at it.