Pear and Cheese Stacks make a simple cheese course that can end a meal with a little bit of style.
The pears may be assembled, lightly covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated up to 4 hours in advance.
- 4 ripe but firm pears (peeled)
- ½ lemon
- 4 ounce Jarlsberg cheese slices (or other Swiss-style cheese)
Slice off the bottom of each pear just enough so that it stands straight. Use a small pointed paring knife to bore out the cores from the bottom of each pear. Take care not to push the knife through the sides or top. Slice each pear crosswise into 4 or 5 slices at least an inch thick. Rub the slices all over with lemon.
Tear the cheese slices into appropriately sized pieces. Reconstruct each pear, nesting a cheese slice between each section. Serve.