These Gorgonzola tarts are the perfect dinner party starter or light lunch. The recipe combines delicious Gorgonzola cheese, a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) with pear and Parma Ham (PDO). 

Serves 4

4 x 13cm2 puff pastry squares

1 egg, beaten

3 tbsp crème fraîche

1 pear, cored and sliced

80g Gorgonzola Dolce

30g walnuts, chopped

2 slices Parma Ham, roughly torn

2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Cracked black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 200°C
  • Score a 1cm rim around the perimeter of the pastry squares. Prick the centre all over with a fork. Brush pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with pepper
  • Spread a little crème fraîche over the base of each tart and add a layer of pear slices
  • Top each tart with Gorgonzola, walnuts, Parma Ham and thyme leaves
  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden brown