Easy Baked Gorgonzola Pears, a quick appetizer

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Ripe pears stuffed with creamy Gorgonzola cheese, baked until golden for a delicious sweet-savory treat. Baked gorgonzola pears are a perfect appetizer for gatherings, parties, or special occasions.

It is an easy, delicious, and elegant appetizer for special occasions. With just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes, you can create a melt-in-your-mouth texture and spectacular appearance. Tangy blue cheese, sweet pears with honey, a herby touch of thyme, and a little crunch from walnuts make this a luscious treat for parties or dinner dates. You are guaranteed to impress your guests!

This quick and simple appetizer is ideal for a party or family gathering. Whether served as a dessert or appetizer, it will leave everyone wanting more. You should also try our Crunchy Cauliflower Bites, Easy Baked Cornflake Chicken Nuggets, Turkish Pide, or Potato Patties, the perfect dishes for any family event.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

You’ll love this recipe because it combines the sweetness of pears with the creamy richness of Gorgonzola cheese, creating a perfect balance of flavours. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make and makes a stunning appetizer or dessert for any occasion.

Ingredients to make baked gorgonzola pears

Pears: Choose ripe but firm pears like Bosc or Anjou for the best texture. Avoid ones that are too soft.

Walnuts or Pecans: Use fresh nuts. Toast them before chopping them for extra flavour and crunch.

Honey: Pick a good-quality honey with a mild taste. Local or raw honey adds a special touch.

Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola): Choose a creamy and tasty Gorgonzola. Use more or less depending on how strong you want the flavour.

Thyme: Use fresh thyme if possible. Dried thyme works too, but use less as it’s stronger in flavour.

Substitutions

  • Pears: You can substitute apples or firm peaches for pears if desired.
  • Walnuts or Pecans: Substitute almonds, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts for walnuts or pecans.
  • Honey: Maple syrup or agave syrup can be used as an alternative to honey.
  • Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola): Feta cheese or goat cheese can be used as substitutes for Gorgonzola cheese.
  • Thyme: Substitute rosemary or sage for thyme as a garnish. Alternatively, you can omit the herb garnish altogether.
Baked Gorgonzola Pears

Variations

Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze: After baking, add a drizzle of balsamic glaze over the stuffed pears for a sweet and tangy taste.

Top with crispy prosciutto: Before serving, top each baked pear with a slice of crispy prosciutto for a savoury twist.

Sprinkle with chopped herbs: Garnish the baked pears with chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or basil for added freshness and flavour.

Substitute with different cheeses: Experiment with different types of cheese such as goat cheese, brie, or camembert for a unique combination.

Serve with toasted bread: Serve the baked pears alongside slices of toasted baguette or crusty bread for a delicious appetizer or snack.

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How to make this recipe

Ready to cook something delicious? Give our Baked Gorgonzola Pears a try! This quick and simple recipe is packed with tasty ingredients that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Please take a peek at our handy guide complete with step-by-step photos.

A single pear cut in half with the core removed
Pears halved and cored, arranged in a ceramic dish

Slice each pear in half lengthwise and remove the core and seeds using a spoon, creating a hollow centre.
Arrange the pear halves with the cut side facing up on a baking dish or sheet lined with parchment paper.

Chunks of Gorgonzola cheese cut into cubes
Gorgonzola cheese cubes placed into pear halves.

Dice Gorgonzola cheese and place it in the centre of each pear half.

Chopped walnuts on a wooden chopping board.
Chunks of Gorgonzola cheese and chopped walnuts added to pear halves.

Chop walnuts into chunks and place them in the centre of each pear.

Baked Gorgonzola Pears drizzled with honey.
Baked Gorgonzola Pears drizzled with honey and cut into bites.

Drizzle honey over the filled pears. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until pears are tender and cheese is melted. After baking, garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
Serve warm as an appetizer or dessert.

A full list of ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

Baked Gorgonzola Pears drizzled with honey.

Storage and Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover baked Gorgonzola pears in an airtight container once they have cooled completely. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat, place the pears in a preheated oven or microwave until warmed through.

Note that the texture of the pears may change slightly upon reheating, but they will still be delicious.

Recipe FAQS

Yes, you can experiment with different cheeses like goat cheese, brie, or camembert.

Absolutely! Feel free to use almonds, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts instead of walnuts or pecans.

While honey adds sweetness, you can omit it or use maple syrup or agave syrup as alternatives.

Yes, you can stuff the pears ahead of time and refrigerate them until ready to bake. Just remember to add the honey and bake when ready to serve.

Yes, you can make a vegan version by using dairy-free cheese and skipping the honey. You can also substitute the honey with a vegan-friendly sweetener.

Serve the warm pears as an appetizer or dessert. They pair well with a glass of wine or a cup of tea.


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Baked Gorgonzola Pears drizzled with honey and cut into bites.

Baked Gorgonzola Pears

Claudia
Baked Gorgonzola Pears: Juicy pears stuffed with creamy Gorgonzola cheese, then baked until tender and melty. A deliciously easy appetizer or elegant dessert that balances sweet and savory flavors perfectly!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 262 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 pears
  • 50 g walnuts or pecans
  • 50 g honey
  • 150 g blue cheese gorgonzola
  • thyme to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Cut each pear in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the core and seeds, creating a hollow cavity.
  • Place the pear halves cut-side up on a baking dish or sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Cut small cubes of Gorgonzola cheese and place them into the centre of each pear half along with a piece of walnut.
  • Drizzle honey over the stuffed pears.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the pears are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Once baked, remove the pears from the oven and garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
  • Serve warm as a delightful appetizer or dessert. Enjoy your delicious baked Gorgonzola pears!

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Notes

Step-by-Step Guide: You’ll find a helpful step-by-step guide to making this recipe on my blog. 
Substitutions & Twists: I’ve listed some great substitutions and variations in the post above so that you can customise the dish to your liking.
Storage: Cool baked Gorgonzola pears and store in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Reheat or enjoy them cold when ready.
Tip 1: Choose ripe but firm pears: Opt for pears that are ripe but still firm to ensure they hold their shape during baking and don’t become too mushy.
Tip 2: Use quality Gorgonzola cheese: Select a good quality Gorgonzola cheese for the best result. The creamy and tangy notes of the cheese will complement the sweetness of the pears perfectly.
Tip 3: Monitor baking time: Keep an eye on the pears while they’re baking to prevent them from overcooking. You want them to be tender but still hold their shape.
Keyword appetizer, baked recipe, gorgonzola, pears

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  1. I served these baked Gorgonzola pears at my dinner party, and they were a hit! The combination of creamy blue cheese with the sweetness of the pears and honey plus that crunch from the walnuts was absolutely delicious!

  2. This is the new family favorite by a mile! I’ve always loved baked pears but this takes it to a whole new level. Thanks for the great recipe! 10,000 stars!

  3. I love to bake pears – especially at this time of year. This is comforting and so delicious. I am a big fan of Gorgonzola cheese and so this is my kind of recipe!