Fontina with Pears & Walnuts

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.

From EatingWell: November/December 1994, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10
Total Time: 10


  1. 4 ounces Italian fontina cheese
  2. 4 ripe Comice or Red Bartlett pears
  3. Walnuts
  4. 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: 308 calories; 17 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 33 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 7 g fiber; 334 mg sodium; 299 mg potassium.

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

2 Carbohydrate Serving

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