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Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses

Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses are your new trendy appetizer.  And they make you think of Bradley Cooper!

Spicy Pear and Creamy Blue Cheese come together in these tiny won ton wrapper purses for the perfect bite. The spicy pear pepper jelly pairs well with the creamy blue cheese and the crunch of the pecans and won ton wrappers. Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses | Take Two Tapas

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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Spicy Pear and Creamy Blue Cheese come together in these tiny won ton wrapper purses for the perfect bite. The spicy pear pepper jelly pairs well with the creamy blue cheese and the crunch of the pecans and won ton wrappers. Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses | Take Two Tapas

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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?

Spicy Pear and Creamy Blue Cheese come together in these tiny won ton wrapper purses for the perfect bite. The spicy pear pepper jelly pairs well with the creamy blue cheese and the crunch of the pecans and won ton wrappers. Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses | Take Two Tapas

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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!

Spicy Pear and Creamy Blue Cheese come together in these tiny won ton wrapper purses for the perfect bite. The spicy pear pepper jelly pairs well with the creamy blue cheese and the crunch of the pecans and won ton wrappers. Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses | Take Two Tapas
Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese purses on a white plate, a package of blue cheese, some cheese in a small bowl, and pears on a white platter

Spicy Pear and Blue Cheese Purses

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These tiny "purses" contain the perfect combination of creamy blue cheese, sweet and spicy pear pepper jelly, and the crunch of toasted pecans! The perfect alternative to a traditional cheese board when you are entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat your frying oil to 375F.
  2. Combine the hot pepper jelly and the pear preserves.
  3. Lay out your won ton wrappers.
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of blue cheese to each wrapper.
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the jelly mixture to each wrapper.
  6. Add some toasted pecans to each wrapper.
  7. 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.
  8. Fry in oil for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown on each side.
  9. 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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Christine

Friday 13th of November 2015

yummy yummy yum. great pairing Jen.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Monday 16th of November 2015

Thanks sister!

Katie

Monday 9th of November 2015

Did I miss the memo on all of the pear recipe posts on their lately? MAN I need to get on the train :) This sounds delish - I just LOVE fruit and cheese pairings - pinning this one for sure!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Thanks! I was so excited to find some pear jelly that I couldn't pass up the chance to use it!

Jane @ littlesugarsnaps

Sunday 8th of November 2015

I deep fried something for the first time ever this year. The result was fantastic so have decided to deep fry a little more often (I may go crazy and allow the indulgence perhaps 3 times a year). These however, have elbowed their way to the front of the list of fried foods I want to make at home.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Glad to hear it Jane. I like that you can fry in small batches. I hate using a ton of oil for frying...

Suchitra

Saturday 7th of November 2015

The blue cheese and pear pockets look super delicious! Makes for a perfect appetizer! I can't wait to watch "Burnt".

Wendi

Thursday 5th of November 2015

What a GREAT idea! I bet they are delicious too!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

Thanks Wendi! I love a cheese board and now I can have it in one bite!

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