When it comes to combining fruit and cheese, cheddar and apples is a classic combo. We changed things up a bit by using Asian pears and young Gouda cheese.
What to buy: Asian pears are crunchier and often sweeter than their American counterparts. They can be found at high-end grocery stores and in Asian markets. If you can’t find them, substitute Bosc pears (though they won’t provide the same crunch).
Gouda is a widely available Dutch cheese made from cow’s milk. Use a young Gouda in this recipe so you don’t overwhelm the flavor of the pear. If you’re having a hard time finding Gouda, a young Edam or Jack can be substituted.
This recipe was featured as part of our Most Delicious Sandwiches photo gallery.
Beverage pairing: François Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu, France. Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Sancerre wines evince notes of apple and pear with some grassiness and spice. This one, matured in old oak casks, is round and mellow like good Gouda but has that citric spike to enhance the pear.