This is one of those recipes that can hardly be called a “recipe” because it’s really just assembling a few ingredients… but when it comes to appetizers, isn’t that really the best kind? When I’m racing to get dinner on the table and throw on some lipstick before guests ring the doorbell, the last thing I usually have time to think about is creating some complicated hors d’oeuvres — but I still love setting out something delicious with cocktails. Plus, this flavor combination of creamy cambozola cheese, crisp asian pear and savory thyme sprigs is one seriously perfect bite that I couldn’t keep to myself. And if you haven’t yet discovered the magic of cambozola cheese, it’s one of my favorites: the texture is like a triple cream brie, with the flavor of a mild blue. Get thee to the cheese department and pick some up this weekend, and keep reading for the recipe for these luscious bites!*photos by kate lesueur
- 1 loaf of rustic country bread or french baguette (avoid bread that has too many “holes” in it.)
- extra-virgin olive oil
- wedge of cambozola cheese (or another creamy blue)
- 1 Asian pear, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch of fresh thyme
- honey, for drizzling
- maldon salt or fleur de sel
- Slice bread thinly (1/2” or less) on the bias.
- Heat grill or indoor grill pan to high heat. Brush each side of bread slices with extra virgin olive oil, then grill until lightly charred, about 1 minute per side.
- On each still-warm toast, spread about a teaspoon of cheese. Top with a slice or 2 of Asian pear, then arrange on a platter.
- Scatter thyme leaves over the tops of the toasts (if you crumble the woody stems slightly with your fingers, the leaves will naturally fall off.) Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Eat!