Take-out Tuesday, Pear and Gorgonzola Quiche

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If I had a top ten favorite foods list, pears and bleu cheese would be on it.

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When I saw this recipe for Pear and Gorgonzola Quiche, I felt a little weak in the knees.

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This dish was created for me!  Did I mention it has a Walnut Butter Crust?  I feel faint

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Grind the walnuts first then add the flour and mix

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cut the butter into cubes on it’s wrapper for easy transfer to the food processor

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Pate Brisee is the french name for this crust

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I just love things that sound fancy schmancy but aren’t hard at all to make…

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I was tempted to just use refrigerated pie crust dough, but the walnuts were calling me

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This recipe sounds complicated, but it isn’t!  Once the crust was baked, assembly only took about 10 minutes

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Needless to say it smells wonderful as the pancetta, shallot, butter and brown sugar caramelize

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once this magic happens you toss in the ripe sliced pears

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cook for about 5 minutes until softened

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place the pear pancetta mixture into your baked Pate Brisee, and top with crumbled gorgonzola,  oooh la la!

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mix eggs with half and half and pour into crust and get this puppy in the oven.

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After about 45 minutes, you will be doing a happy dance when you pull this out

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It is truly a thing of beauty!

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You can’t imagine how good it smells

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It’s sweet and savory and tangy and delightful

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You could use ham, bacon, prosciutto, or no meat at all~

Here’s the recipe, adapted from Kevin over at Closet Cooking

PEAR & GORGONZOLA QUICHE    for a printable version click here

3 oz. diced pancetta or bacon

1 large shallot, diced

1 T butter

1 T brown sugar

2 ripe pears, unpeeled, sliced

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup half and half

4 oz. gorgonzola cheese crumbled

1 baked pie crust*

Cook pancetta and shallot in a large skillet.  Add butter and melt.  Add brown sugar and cook and stir about 3 minutes until bubbly and starting to caramelize. Add pear slices and saute 3-5 minutes until tender.  Pour mixture into baked crust.  Sprinkle with gorgonzola.  Combine cream and eggs well and pour over pears in crust.  Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes until golden and set in center.  Use a toothpick or cake tester to check doneness.  Serves 4-6 for main dish, 8 for appetizer.

*Pate Brisee, Walnut Butter Pie Crust

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup ground walnuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

1 stick, 8 T,  cold unsalted butter

4-5 T cold water

Toast walnuts at 350 for 5 minutes to roast.  Grind in food processor.  Add flour, salt and sugar and pulse. Cut butter into slices and then cubes and add to processor.  Pulse about 6-8 times until mixture resembles coarse meal.  With machine running, add water 1 T at a time down the feed tube, pulsing in between additions until mixture forms a ball.  Remove to floured board and shape into a flattened disc.  Wrap in saran and refrigerate at least one hour before rolling out into crust.

Roll chilled dough into a large circle and place in quiche dish or deep pie pan.  Line with a circle of parchment paper and top with pie weights or beans.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Remove paper and weights and prick dough with fork.  Return to oven for 10 more minutes.

NOTE: use any prebaked crust you like and just add some walnuts to the pear filling right before baking

Leftovers [if you have any🙂 can be wrapped, frozen, and then baked again when frozen at 350 for about 30 minutes and will be just as delicious!

Enjoy!

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17 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Pear and Gorgonzola Quiche”
  1. Sounds like a fancy dinner! Yours really turned out pretty-enjoy:@)

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  2. This would be a delightful combination…looks so yummy my friend. Please pass a slice over…

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  3. Emily says:

    This would be a great meal to prepare today with the cold coming to town? This is a really good recipe Jenna. Great recipe tutorial and photos.
    Have a great day…………….

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  4. Deborah says:

    This looks so delicious! What a wonderful combination.

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  5. Oh wow.. I’m salivating.. I have to try this recipe..

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  6. Mary says:

    Oh my Jenna….what I wouldn’t give for a slice of that deliciousness this morning! Love the addition of the walnuts in the pastry. I’m staring at the one lonely pear in a bowl on my counter wishing it would clone itself, I have the other ingredients. Maybe I can make a mad dash to the store before the winter storm of the decade hits🙂 Hope you’re staying warm & cozy!

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  7. Seriously HAPPY DANCE!! This looks so fantastic!

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  8. Miz Helen says:

    Jenna, I just love your combination of Pear and Gorgonzola for this Quiche, I can almost taste it. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Jenna, what a beautiful quiche and I love the inclusion of pears!!

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