Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses are your new trendy appetizer. And they make you think of Bradley Cooper!
Who doesn’t love a good movie? I have seen so many movies and I love that you can shut off and escape your life for a few hours. Put movies and food together and you have a winning combination in my mind. I even watch more than my fair share of cooking shows. I yell at the TV like my hubby does during a Kentucky basketball game!
When I got the chance to see the Burnt movie this past weekend, I was beyond thrilled. Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, a chef searching for his third Michelin Star while battling his own demons. Not only is he deliciously gorgeous, but so is the food that he makes!
My parents owned and cooked in a restaurant when I was younger and even though it was hard work, it was so much fun. I don’t know many people who think spending hours in a hot kitchen is their idea of fun, but mine is. My favorite line from the Burnt movie is when Bradley Cooper says:
“The kitchen’s the only place I’ve felt like I belonged. I loved every minute of it, the heat, the pressure, the violence.”
Bradley Cooper in Burnt
I can relate to this. Even after my parents closed the restaurant, I still worked in restaurants during high school and college. Even now, I cook all the meals on Wednesday night for our church and fill in for the cooks at my local diner.
The lunch rush is fast and hard but we always have fun. Even when we are 15 tickets deep at the pass (or window where the food comes out of the kitchen) we are working as a team and talking.
The kitchen in Burnt is hard core, but so riveting to watch.
The feel of the movie is endearing, heated at times, cocky like most professional chefs, and one of evolution and change.
After seeing this movie, I wanted to #UnlockYourChef and make something fancy. Castello Cheese has a great line of blue cheese products that are decadent! I decided to make Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses.
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I went with the Castello Double Cream Blue because I wanted the silkiness to balance out the spice and the crunch I have in this recipe.
Every recipe needs some balance. I wonder if Bradley Cooper will let me balance myself on his lap?
These little “purses” are the perfect appetizer and are like an entire cheese board in one bite. Every cheese board I have seen contains nuts, cheeses, fruits, and a spread or jam of some sort.
Each individual “purse” contains a bit of Castello creamy blue cheese, pear and hot pepper jelly, and toasted pecans. A creamy, spicy, sweet, and crunchy combination!
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- 20 won ton wrappers
- 1/4 cup pear preserves
- 1/4 cup hot pepper jelly
- 1/4 cup Perfectly Toasted Pecans
- 3 ounces Castello Double Cream Blue Cheese
- oil for frying
- Preheat your frying oil to 375F.
- Combine the hot pepper jelly and the pear preserves.
- Lay out your won ton wrappers.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of blue cheese to each wrapper.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of the jelly mixture to each wrapper.
- Add some toasted pecans to each wrapper.
- Wet the edges with water and seal them up. You can fold them over in half and crimp the edges or just leave them flat.
- Fry in oil for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown on each side.
- Drain and serve warm!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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