• 6 ounces stilton blue cheese
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 2/3 cup walnuts , toasted (see recipe for Toasted Walnuts)
  • 8 slices bread (white or dark)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 small shallot , chopped fine (or onion)
  • salt and pepper (optional)
  • fresh tarragon , chopped fine (or herb of choice)
  • 1 Toast the walnuts, then finely chop.
  • 2 Remove the core from the pear and slice thinly. Set aside.
  • 3 In a bowl, combine the crumbled cheese and nuts.
  • 4 Add the butter, tarragon, shallot, optional salt and pepper to this mixture and mix well.
  • 5 Spread the seasoned butter onto 8 slices of bread.
  • 6 Lay thinly sliced pears on four of the bread slices.
  • 7 Cover with the remaining four slices of bread.
  • 8 Wrap each sandwich securely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold and mixture is set.
  • 9 Unwrap the sandwiches and trim the crusts.
  • 10 Cut each sandwich into 4 triangles or squares.
  • 11 Note: To add a little color to the sandwiches, you might like to sprinkle a bit of the herbs on top of each square or trangle.