Brillat Savarin & Grilled Pears
4 ounces brie (such as Brillat-Savarin or Moses Sleeper) or other triple-cream cow’s milk cheese
4 firm, ripe Bartlett pears
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch salt
2. Slice: Leave skin on pears. Slice each the long way into 1/3-inch-wide planks. Use a paring knife or apple corer to punch out any seeds. (Each slice will look something like a guitar: pear profile with a hole in the belly.) Set pears on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Melt: In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, whisk together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until thick and foamy, about 4 minutes. Keep this caramel sauce warm over low heat.
4. Paint: Brush each pear plank lightly on both sides with sauce.
5. Grill: Spark a medium-hot fire. Clean and oil grates. (Or use a ridged griddle pan set over medium heat.) Grill pears, turning once or twice, until golden brown and nicely crisscrossed with grill marks, about 8 minutes.
6. Serve: On each of 4 plates fan out 4 pear planks separated by 3 cheese wedges. Warm pears will melt the cheese. Drizzle each with about 1 tablespoon of the remaining sauce. Enjoy.
Recipe and photo from the Chicago Tribune