Provided by:
Pear Bureau Northwest

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: 10 minutes

cooking time: 4 minutes

yield: Makes 24 pieces

Nutritional Information

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