Balsamic-Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini
A new favorite recipe for pear lovers, this appetizer is incredibly delicious...and can be prepared in a snap! The balsamic glaze is the perfect complement to the sweet pear and salty goat cheese.
- 2 USA Pears
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 24 baguette rounds, toasted
- ½ cup spreadable goat cheese
- ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted*
- Ground black pepper, if desired
Slice pears stem-side-up into 12 quarter-inch width vertical planks. Cut large slices in half lengthwise for a total of 48 slices.
Heat vinegar, butter, and honey in large frying pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until reduced by half, about 2 tablespoons. Add pear slices and continue cooking for 1 minute, turning once.
Place 2 pear slices on each baguette round and top with 1 teaspoon goat cheese. Sprinkle almonds over cheese and garnish with fresh pepper, if desired.
*To toast almonds, place in heavy frying pan and toast over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes or until tan with toasted aroma.
prep time: 4 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes
yield: Makes 24 servings
Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1 piece): Calories 80 (34% Calories from Fat); 3g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Fiber; 3g Fat (1g Sat. Fat, 0g Trans Fat); 5mg Cholesterol; 115mg Sodium