Sunday, 4 March 2012

Keeping Up ApPEARances...

Tortilla con Formaggio Blu, Ciliega e Pera
Savory Bavaria Blue, Cherry and Pear Tortilla

Sometimes, even really simple ideas can turn into really delicious and beautiful dishes... case in point- this little twirl of temptation here! Maybe it is a confused little creation- but that would just make it perfect to end a meal with... a dessert of sorts with the fruit but also savory with the blue cheese and onion- the best of both worlds! At the same time it could just be a cool snack or light lunch... the fact of the matter is- it is totally easy to make and finished in less than 15 minutes in all. Yeah- I know you people always love it when you read that! So read on...

This one was really fun to make. I took the tortilla and cut it into a spiral form with a pair of scissors, with each turn of the spiral around 2 - 2.5" wide. When you get to the center, leave the middle circle intact.  Now, "wind" the tortilla up again- it will form itself into a flower-like cone all by itself- easy!

I set the tortilla cone into a muffin tray which was the easiest way to keep it in shape- just press the base lightly into one of the muffin shapes- it will happen! Alternatively, you can also wrap some aluminum foil around the bottom, almost as you would wrap paper around a bunch of flowers to transport it. The benefit of doing this, is that any blue cheese that melts and drips down will not burn onto your oven tray. So, not loving doing a lot of washing up... I did both!

Next, I simply sliced the pear and halved the cherries, cut the blue cheese into small pieces, and slotted them in-between the layers of tortilla evenly. Add a few slivers of finely sliced Spring onion for a little extra contrast and flavor. Season with a little white pepper- there is no need for salt as the blue cheese is savory enough, and drizzle lightly with honey. Pop into the oven at a moderate heat for 5-10 minutes depending on your oven, until the tortilla begins to brown.

The result is smooth, creamy and tangy blue cheese (it melts almost straight away!) and fresh fruit that has a hint of toastiness to it, and warm, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside tortilla to wrap it all up in! Pretty delicious! In all fairness, I would suggest serving it on a regular plate or in a bowl to make it easier to cut up and enjoy... but I am sure you will forgive me that liberty in light of the pretty photograph I have presented you with ;-)



  1. Nice post. You might like to look at how I do cheese snacks.

  2. Thank you Carole- and thanks for sharing! Very nice! Best regards, Francesco