January 3, 2012

Roqeufort Pear Honey Tart & Ile de France Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}

Pear Tart

The Occasion: Winter entertaining recipe testing with new Roquefort to prepare for party later this month.

Attendees: Party of 3.

Naptime Goals: Make new Roquefort Pear Honey Tart.

Tonight’s Menu: Reheat the rest of the Mushroom Leek Soup (recipe to come soon!)

When I entertain there are usually at least two kinds of cheese dishes on our table. I typically make up one basic cheese plate, hot cheese dip, or baked brie for a savory pre-dinner nibble, and feature cheese somewhere in the dinner course. This may seem like overkill, but it actually works out well. There are so many varieties of cheese it is fairly easy to use it several times in one evening without overdoing it. Also, tasty cheese does not have to be expensive, so drawing up a cheese-focused menu can be quite budget friendly. With a few dinner parties on the horizon I recently decided to focus on a few new entertaining recipes featuring cheese, starting with this terrifically strong, fresh Roquefort.

I got the idea for this tart from the basic tomato tart I make in the summer. I replaced the tomatoes with pear slices, added a crumbling of delicious Roquefort and topped it all with a very thin drizzle of good honey. For entertaining later this month I will cut the pastry into easy to handle triangles, and might even serve it in large slices alongside a simple green salad.

The Roquefort I used in this recipe was sent to me by the wonderful people at Ile de France. Their special brand of Roquefort blue cheese is made from the milk of grass-fed sheep and Penicillium Roqueforti that’s extracted from their very own homemade bread. I love nearly all kinds of blue cheeses and can honestly say that this cheese are particularly fresh tasty with distinct grassy flavor.

Luckily, the Ile de France team wants you to try their delicious Roquefort as well and are giving away five of their awesome cheese baskets to five lucky readers. It is time we all get in the cheesy entertaining spirit!

Small Cheese Basket

To Enter to Win 1 of 5 Ile de France Cheese Baskets:

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8. Winners will be selected by Random.org and will be announced on Monday January 9th at 9:00am. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prizes before it is awarded to a new winner.


 Roquefort Pear Honey Tart


 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
2 small ripe pears, peeled and sliced thin
2 ounces Roquefort
2 teaspoons honey
1 pinch of sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or a Silpat. Place the puff pastry on the lined baking sheet and lightly score a ½″ border around the edge with a sharp knife. Use fork tines to prick the pastry inside the border all over. This will prevent the pastry from puffing up too much when baking.

2. Place the pear slices in a single layer on the puff pastry, being careful not to overlap. There might be a few left over depending on the size of the pairs you use. Break the Roquefort into small pieces and drop them around the pear slices. Drizzle the honey back and forth over the pear and cheese.

3. Baked for 30-40 minutes or until pastry is crispy and deeply browned. Sprinkle on the pinch of sea salt. Serve.


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66 Responses to “Roqeufort Pear Honey Tart & Ile de France Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}”

  1. April V says:

    I love some good cheesy enchiladas!

  2. carynlyn says:

    I like my cheese straight up!  but I don’t mind a good cheddar/chive biscuit 🙂 

  3. I used to work at a cheese fondue restaurant and I still LOVE this dairy delight!  Aside from any version of fondue, I love making baked brie in a pastry, with a drizzle of maple syrup and tart apples.  Have you seen the new Presidente Brie Logs?!  Amazing and perfect for entertaining!

  4. Michelle says:

    Cheese plates! I love making them and trying new parings.

  5. Dkkporter says:

    Nothing beats a warm, melting pot of fondue!

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  7. Harrison says:

    simplye baked in a pasty dough with some kind of jam inside 🙂

  8. Jess @ Floptimism says:

    I love getting creative with cheese in recipes, but ultimately, nothing really beats a good grilled cheese sandwich!

  9. Julie @BananasforBourbon says:

    I make everything with cheese! Honestly my favorite thing is just a really really good cheese on fresh bread and a glass of wine. Can’t beat simple. 🙂

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  11. oo this just sounds great!

  12. Heather says:

    I smear brie on lavash then place pear slices on top. sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and drizzle a reduced balsamic vinegar. Then throw it in the oven until warm. YUM! 

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  16. Schmidty says:

    I love it grated and piled high on burgers, shredded fresh into my alfredo sauces, grated into my potato soup and smothering my lasagna.

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  20. Sarah H.P. says:

    I think my favorite food to make with cheese would have to be pizza!! I’m a sucker for gooey, melted mozzarella!!

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  22. Wow, this tart looks amazing… I love the combination of flavors!  I love making salads with delicate greens, blue cheese, nuts & dried fruit.  Cheese is pretty much great in everything!  

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  23. Heather Hicks says:

    Grilled cheese sandwiches.

  24. RoChele says:

    I love making grilled egg sandwiches for breakfast. Some bay leaves, fresh tomatoes, fried but runny egg, and a little farmer’s cheese, on some thick french bread. So good. 

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  28. Cindi says:

    I love making Cheese Blintz Crepes with cheeses…
    Many thanks,  Cindi

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  34. judith says:

     I love cheese straws!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Debbie Fabre says:

    I love to make Fondue with cheese…yummy

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  40. Kris says:

    wow, that tart looks amazing.

    my favorite thing to do with brie – top with fruit and wrap in puff pastry – Mmm. when Jason and I were first dating, we would often eat brie, baguette and wine for dinnner… another favorite!

  41. Elena says:

    I like to make cheese Fondue


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  44. Miranda says:

    I love gorgonzola on salads. Cheddar on sandwiches. I haven’t met a cheese I didn’t like!

  45. It’s so basic, but I love making nachos.  🙂

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  47. Garyshorr says:

    I love to drizzle melted cheese on scrambled eggs

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  51. shalo says:

    I’m a fan on FB and a subscriber.
    Aside from Mac n cheese and dip, my all time favorite cheese dish to make is tomato, basil and cheese grilled sandwiches.  I use a cast iron skillet with plenty of butter and switch my cheese depending on the weather and mood I’m in. 

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  55. Julie L says:

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  56. Julie L says:

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