Pears with Blue Cheese and Chives

Makes 18 appetizers

1 to 3 ripe, firm pears, washed and dried
Juice of 1 lemon in 1/2 cup water
1/4 pound of Gorgonzola cheese
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
Fresh chives for garnish

Cut pears in half, core, and cut into lengthwise slices 1/3 inch thick. Place the slices in the lemon water to deter browning.

In a food processor, puree the cheese until smooth. Add the chopped chives and pulse until just mixed.

Drain the pear slices in a colander. Pat them dry with a clean towel. Top each slice with a teaspoon of cheese puree. Garnish with minced chives and serve immediately.

From The Herb Companion, December/January 1999/2000.