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Seared pear, pastrami and blue cheese loaf

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    Quick lunch

If you love blue cheese, this is the ultimate sandwich for you!

But for those who aren’t fans of the strong flavour, swap the blue for brie or another soft variety.

The seared pears give it a light sweetness. Cover the whole sandwich and slice to order, or cut into portions and wrap individually for a picnic.

  • 100g cream cheese, softened
  • 100g creamy blue cheese, plus extra for the filling
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large Turkish flat bread or ciabatta loaf
  • 6-8 slices pastrami or smoky ham
  • Handful rocket or mesclun leaves

1 Mash the cheeses together. Slice and core the pears, then saute in the butter and syrup until caramelised and tender.

2 Cut the loaf horizontally, leaving it attached at the back like a hinge. Spread the top and bottom of the inside loaf with the cheese mixture and layer with warm pear slices, pastrami and rocket. 3 Season well then sandwich together. Skewer if required.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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