Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini. Toasted ciabatta, with crumbled blue cheese, sliced pears and toasted walnuts. Finished with a drizzle of honey = bliss. Easy to put together this appetizer will give your next party a gourmet feel.
Pear and Blue Cheese Should Get Married
In my little humble foodie opinion, pears and blue cheese are classic flavor partners. The sweet crunch of a perfectly ripe pear combined with salty, creamy, savory blue cheese = bliss.
One of my favorite things for a simple appetizer is to place a wedge of blue cheese, alongside some sliced pears and crackers. Try it, it makes a great snack.
Blue Cheese, Bleu Cheese or Gorgonzola?
Bleu cheese (French term), or blue cheese (Americanized spelling) is a category of cheese that contains the mold Penicillium. Gorgonzola is a specific type of blue cheese from Northern Italy.
Both are used extensively in cooking and are very popular with wine and food. Gorgonzola has a unique taste and appearance. Both blue cheese or gorgonzola will work beautifully for this appetizer. And are a perfect cheese pairing for pears. Both are sharp and salty with a strong smell. It’s delightfully funky.
Pear Blue Cheese Appetizer
Toasted ciabatta or a baguette, topped with crumbled blue cheese, sliced pears, more crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts. And finished with a drizzle of honey. Oh my goodness.
Presentation Tip: Slice your baguette diagonally. This will give the bread a larger and more elegant appearance.
It’s easy to make.
- Preheat your oven by turning on the broiler.
- Slice the bread and pop it into a toaster for a light browning.
- Place the pieces of toast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Smear the toast generously with blue cheese.
- Top with a thin (lengthwise) slice of pear, and crumble on some more blue cheese. Place it under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly.
- Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle on some chopped walnuts.
- Return to the broiler just long enough to heat the walnuts.
- Watch closely so the walnuts don’t burn.
- Remove from oven and immediately drizzle with honey.
Recipe for Blue Cheese Pear and Honey Crostini
Absolutely perfect little appetizer to serve at a wine tasting party. Pears take on a new character when combined with cheese and wine. A crisp glass of champagne is fabulous with this.
More recipes using pears
- Creme Fraiche Cranberry Pear Tart
- Fresh Crispy Pear Salad
- French Pear Tart
- Pear Streusel Coffee Cake
- Pear and Walnut Salad
And if you’re looking for more party appetizer recipes, don’t miss my Appetizer Category. You’ll find a ton of great ideas, including one of the most popular appetizer recipes on my site for Caramelized Onion Tart.
An easy and elegant pear appetizer recipe. Perfect for your next wine tasting party or dinner party.
- 1 loaf Ciabatta sliced 1/4 inch thick, or baguette
- 8 ounces Blue Cheese crumbled
- 2 pears sliced
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- 3 tablespoons honey
Preheat your oven by turning on the broiler.
Slice the bread and pop it into a toaster for a light browning.
Place the pieces of toast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, smear the toast generously with blue cheese.
Top with a thin (lengthwise) slice of pear, crumble on some more blue cheese and place it under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly.
Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle on some chopped walnuts.
Return to the broiler just long enough to heat the walnuts. Watch closely so the walnuts don't burn. This will only take a few seconds.
Remove from oven and immediately drizzle with honey.
Serve immediately on your favorite serving platter.
This recipe works well if you can find a thin, flat loaf of ciabatta. A baguette also works well for this recipe. Just find a baguette that is thick enough to hold a sliced pear.
Pear and Blue Cheese Crostini …It’s what’s for an Appetizer.