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Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto – Iowa

Iowa’s most famous product, Maytag blue cheese has been in business since 1941. Still a family farm at its roots, the Maytags are in their fourth generation of making cheese.

If you need a quick and delicious appetizer you cannot go wrong with this recipe. If it takes you longer than 20 minutes to put

An easy and elegant appetizer made with Maytag blue cheese, Iowa's most famous product

together, you are doing something wrong. The sweet pears play nicely with the sharp cheese and the saltiness of the prosciutto. Molto bene!

Brucemore, in Cedar Rapids, was built in 1886 by the Sinclair family for their large brood. You can tour this 19th century mansion and learn about the lions (yes, lions in Iowa!) later families kept as pets.

Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

  • Servings: 16 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe pears
  • Maytag blue cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Arugula

Instructions

With a sharp paring knife, quarter each pear, removing stem and core. Cut each quarter in half. Slice cheese into 16 equal pieces. Place cheese on side of pear, add a few sprigs of arugula, then wrap prosciutto around the entire piece. Repeat with remaining pears. Serve immediately.    

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Picka Pecka Pears – Oregon

As the official state fruit of Oregon, pears are one of the oldest cultivated fruits. Pears were probably brought to this part of the country by early colonists. They thrive in the Northwest due to ideal growing conditions which include volcanic soil, warm days and cool nights. Pears are the state’s number one tree fruit crop and Oregon

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is ranked second in the U.S. for fresh pear production, according to USA Pears. At only 100 calories each, the pear is a good source of vitamin C and provides almost a quarter of the daily value for fiber.

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