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Blue Cheese
September 19 8:38 PM

Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Bartlett Pears

This combination works for many reasons...

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)
  • 2 ounces Saga Blue Cheese or Maytag, cut into 4 chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Bartlett Pears (about 8 oz. each), cored and cut into wedges
  • 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut a horizontal pocket into the side of each pork chop.
  2. Press cheese chunks into hazelnuts to coat, reserving nuts that don't stick. Push 1 cheese chunk into each pork chop pocket.
  3. Heat oil in a 12-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Sear chops until browned, 2 minutes per side. Add pears and thyme to pan.
  4. Bake until pork is firm but still slightly pink in the center, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved nuts.

Saga Blue Cheese Stuffed Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients

  • 1 package medjool dates
  • 4 oz. Saga blue cheese
  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto cut into thirds vertically
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Shallot Mustard, for dipping optional
  • Toothpicks for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On stovetop heat balsamic vinegar and sugar and reduce to about half. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Cut dates in half or quarters, depending on size. Stuff date with a little bit of blue cheese and then wrap with prosciutto. Use a toothpick to keep prosciutto in place.
  4. Place wrapped dates on sheet pan and heat in oven about ten minutes or until prosciutto turns a bit crispy.
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle sweet balsamic reduction over stuffed dates.

Saga Blue Cheese Salad

Ingredients

  • 5-ounce Taylor’s Baby Spring Mix greens
  • 2 large ripe Bartlett Pears, halved, cored, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (Saga or Maytag Blue)
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • About 9 or 10 fresh Strawberries rinsed, hulled and sliced, optional
  • Bottled Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing of your choice or try Girard’s Raspberry, or make the shallot lemon dressing below

Directions

  1. Toss greens in large bowl with only enough dressing to coat.
  2. Divide greens among 6 plates.
  3. Top with pear slices, dividing equally.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and walnuts.
  5. Drizzle lightly with a little bit more dressing and serve.

Saga Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tart

Some things only sound hard to make. This however, is amazingly easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry (8.6 oz.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup crumbled Saga Blue Cheese (about 2 or 3 ounces)
  • 1/3 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ripe Bartlett Pear , thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Walnuts or Candied Walnuts, coarsely crushed or chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° with a rack set on bottom. Lay dough flat on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Poke holes all over dough with a fork, leaving the outer inch untouched. Bake until dough starts to puff, about 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together egg and cheese until smooth and spread over dough, using a spoon to move mixture toward the corners. Sauté onion in oil in a frying pan until softened. Scatter onion and pear over cheese.
  3. Bake until pastry is golden brown and egg has set, about 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with thyme and walnuts and cut into squares.

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