Roasted Pear & Blue Cheese Crostini

Friday, November 8, 2013

 
This simple appetizer is full of decadent flavor and rich texture.  Perfect for an afternoon treat or entertaining friends.
 
 
Start by slicing your French bread into 1/4 inch slices.  Lightly butter the bread and place on a baking sheet.  Broil in the oven until lightly toasted.  Set aside.
 
 
 Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Core and thinly slice your pears.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
 
 
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over your pear slices.  Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  Roast at 375 degrees, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
 
 
 Top your toasted bread with blue cheese and a pear slice.  broil in the oven just long enough to lightly melt the blue cheese.  You can add walnuts and cranberry to the cheese if you would like to add more layers of flavor.
 
 
Roasted Pear & Blue Cheese Crostini
Servings:4
 

Ingredients
 
2 ounces Blue Cheese (at room temperature)
4  1/4" thick French Bread Slices
1 Ripe Pear - Cored and thinly sliced
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Thyme
Olive Oil
Walnuts - Optional
Cranberries - Optional
 
1) Set oven to Boil.  Slice French bread into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Lightly butter and place on baking sheet.  Broil in oven until lightly toasted.  Set slices to the side.
 
2) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Core the pear cut into thin slices.  Arrange slices on the baking sheet.  Take the olive oil and lightly drizzle over the pear slices.  Lightly sprinkle the slices with the salt, pepper and thyme.  Place in oven and roast (stirring occasionally) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
 
3) Set oven to Broil.  Now it's time to put it all together.  Top the French bread slices with the blue cheese.  Top with a pear slice.  Broil in oven until cheese is melting and soft.
 
*NOTE:  If you would like to add Walnuts and Cranberries simply chop and mix them with your blue cheese before topping the French bread. 
 
Best Wines for this dish: Muscat
                                        Alsatian Riesling
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Those crostini look delicious!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  2. Thanks Lauren! It's a must for any cheese lover.

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