Today I have been sorting out my ingredients and shopping lists for a Wedding this weekend (the full details are in an up and coming post) that I am making the Vegetarian canapes and mains and salads for 11 wedding guests.
I was working through my recipes and it was staring me in the face, these wonderful buttery, puff pastry tarts with blue cheese, pears and walnuts, mmm, oh yes, delicious.
I often serve these tarts, as they are a great crowd pleaser, the richness of the blue cheese and the sweetness of the poached pears.
This recipe is a great go-to recipe, as it only takes some puff pastry, poached pears and some creamy blue cheese.
Which reminds me……
About 2 years ago, I was serving the tarts as a starter for guests we had coming to stay over for 1 night. We had gone to the supermarket in the Saturday morning to buy the weeks shopping and the food for the following evening when our guests were due to arrive.
It was a very nice day and we went off to a Chinese buffet restaurant for a lunch, and made the most of the buffet items, going back for 2nd helpings. We headed back home, unpacked all the bags and settled down to enjoy the evening with a little glass of wine and a bit of TV.
Just then the telephone rang at 7.15 pm, it was the guests to say they were 20 minutes away………..OMG I got the date wrong, luckily the room was ready and of course we had all the shopping in……
So it was all hands to the pump, we went into work mode and started the food preparations.
The guests arrived, I showed them to their room and told them to come to the dinning room when they were ready.
The starters were these individual Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tarts, cutting the puff pastry sheets into the ideal size for individual tarts, then topping the pastry with the wonderful sweet poached pear slices and then the final flourish was the broken pieces of walnuts added to the top, then it was in the oven for 20 minutes, enough time to brown the puff pastry and to melt the cheese…. mmmmm…….. I can smell the aroma now.
We had another 3 courses to prepare, mains, cheese and dessert. As I have said already we had just been to the supermarket a few hours before and I knew what the menu was, of course, so it was just getting everything on the plates without the guests realising I wasn’t expecting them to the following day……
The tarts are wonderful for lunch and starters, you have the classic combination of the blue cheese, sweet pears and the creamy crunch of the walnuts.
You will have to take my word for it, but I can assure you that the guests thoroughly enjoyed their starter that evening, and so have the others that have also had the pleasure of enjoying them too.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, it is one of my favorites