A sweet dessert sandwich from Bob Blumer, Food Network host and chef.
1 tbsp butter
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly*
3 oz. Stilton cheese, sliced or crumbled finely
4 slices raisin bread (ideally cinnamon raisin)
* If a ripe pear cannot be found, sauté slices in a tbsp of butter over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. You may also use canned pears.
Step 1: Divide ingredients in half and assemble two pear-and-stilton "sandwiches."
Step 2: Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
Step 3: When butter is fully melted, place both sandwiches in pan, cover, and grill for 2 minutes per side, or until browned like a conventional grilled-cheese sandwich.
Step 4: Remove from the pan and slice each sandwich diagonally into 4 triangles. Serve immediately.
Note: Keep a watchful eye on the pan when grilling the dessertwich; raisin bread will begin to burn only moments after it is browned to perfection.
Reprinted with permission from Bob Blumer's Surreal Gourmet Bites: Showstoppers and Conversation Starters (2004 Chronicle Books).