7 In Appetizers/ Main Courses

Pear and Walnut Sandwiches

Fancy food is nice, but there’s something ultimately satisfying about a sandwich. With the number of possible bread and filling options, there’s almost an infinite amount of combinations to try (and I intend on trying at least half of those in my lifetime!).

I’d been intrigued by the idea of a pear sandwich for a while, so the turning of the season made for a perfect excuse.  The mix of the savory cheese, sweet pear, and lightly sweet raisin bread was excellent – a different yet delicious flavor combination!  We really enjoyed the alfalfa sprouts as well; somehow all the ingredients melded together perfectly!

The cinnamon raisin bread we bought was a smaller size loaf, which made us think these would be fun to do as appetizers or tea sandwiches for a luncheon. Make sure to buy sandwich-style bread and not the type that is overly sweet or cake-y.

The hardest part of this recipe is toasting the nuts. About 97% of my nut toasting attempts end in disaster…so much so that Alex tries to steer me away from recipes that involve it. Luckily for the both of us, I met with success this time :)

Pear and Walnut Sandwiches

Makes 4 large or 8 small appetizer-sized sandwiches

What You Need
8 slices of cinnamon raisin bread (or 16 small pieces)
1/2 cup (or more) light tub-style cream cheese
2 pears
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup alfalfa sprouts

What To Do

1  Place the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Cook the nuts, stirring frequently, until they are golden and fragrant, around 5 minutes. (Do not leave them unattended!)

2  Core and thinly slice the pears.

3  Toast the bread slices.

4  Spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on each bread slice. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over half of the bread slices.

5  Finish each sandwich with pear slices, alfalfa sprouts, and the remaining bread slice. Slice in half and serve.

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    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! I have never had such a sandwich, but I will, soon!

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox
    October 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I agree. Nut toasting without the burning is tough. I bake them if I’m doing any sizable batch.
    This sandwich looks great! Very brunch food. Or dinner. Or after dinner. Yep, that’s a versatile sandwich. I’m saving this recipe!

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    October 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I love the sound of this sandwich! Excellent combination of flavors.

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    October 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    interesting combo
    I usually roast the nuts in the over with the door opened, somehow i learned over time how to do them right

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    October 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    i love pear and walnut and raisin. this is a fantastic, simple combination that always works!

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    October 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    How did you make the table top that color?

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    July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Seriously one of the BEST sandwiches ever! So simple yet SO good – thank you so much!

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