One among many delicious Italian cheeses is Gorgonzola which originally comes from Gorgonzola in Milano. This is a veined blue cheese which can be buttery or firm or crumbly and salty. It is delicious and it can also be added to many dishes like risottos to finish them off and give them some creaminess. You can find the "Gorgonzola Dolce" (sweet) or the "Gorgonzola Piccante" (spicy). The sweet one has a delicate flavour and a soft paste with subtle green-blue veins.
The spicy Gorgonzola has a more hard texture and an intense and spicy taste with widespread blue-greenish marbling.
These days you can easily find Gorgonzola outside of Italy, just make sure it carries the DOP mark so you can be sure it has actually been produced in Italy. There are many fake Italian products out there which are probably cheaper but have also nothing to do with real Italian food.
I saw Gorgonzola at my local supermarket today and after enjoying a good slice just on its own (I love it so much) I decided to make a quick snack: a bruschetta with grilled pear, Gorgonzola and walnut pieces. It was so good and it reminded me of when I used to prepare this in Italy (so long time ago now!) for dinner parties. Gorgonzola and pear go heavenly together.
If you are not fond of Gorgonzola just replace it with any soft cheese of your choice.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 5 minutes
- Yield : 4
Slice the pears into 3 mm or 0.11 inch slices. Slice the bread into 1 cm or 0.40 inch.
Brush both sides of the pears with olive oil. Heat up a griddle pan and when it is very hot place the pears on it. Grill them on both sides for a few minutes.
Place the bread on the griddle pan, toast it on both sides.
Spread some gorgonzola cheese on each slice of bread and place the grilled pears on top. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top and decorate with thyme leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.