Fontina with Pears & Walnuts

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Fontina with Pears & Walnuts

There is a joyous interplay of tastes and textures in this very easy dessert. The idea is to eat a slice of pear with a slice of cheese on a piece of wheat cracker with a nibble of walnut. Serve a glass of your favorite port alongside to heighten the experience.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10
Total Time: 10


  • 4 ounces Italian fontina cheese
  • 4 ripe Comice or Red Bartlett pears
  • Walnuts
  • Whole-wheat crackers


Thinly slice fontina. Set a pear, a few slices of cheese and a few walnuts on each of 4 dessert plates. Pass crackers separately and serve a glass of port alongside, if desired.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 308
fat 17 g (6 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 33 mg
carbohydrates 38 g
protein 11 g
fiber 7 g
sodium 334 mg
potassium 299 mg

Nutrition Bonus Calcium (30% daily value), Fiber (24% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 2

Exchanges 1 starch, 1 1/2 fruit, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell November/December 1994, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)