While visiting a small market in Berkeley in California, my friend came across an Eating Well magazine with this recipe in it. The reason why this recipe stood out to her was because she loves brie and loves pistachios. Quickly, I tried to make it but my first time was a little bit of a disappointment. First of all, I tried to make honey mustard myself using honey and Dijon mustard, secondly, I used French brie, thirdly, I didn’t toast the pistachios, which were pre-shelled. Recipe for disaster, but this didn’t deter me. I tried again using better ingredients and it tasted a whole lot better! Whoever came up with this combination is a genius. Never in a million years would I have thought to put these ingredients together.
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 ripe pears, preferably Bosc
2 ounces Brie cheese (or other creamy cheese), cut into 4 slices
4 teaspoons chopped pistachios, toasted
If you are fortunate enough to have Cowgirl Creamery cheese around, use this instead of French brie. Normally I like French brie, but somehow it doesn’t work with the pear and the honey mustard. Mt Tam from Cowgirl Creamery works!
Original recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/pears_brie.html