Leigh Beisch
Makes 16 crostini

Sweet pears and sharp blue cheese create an exciting yet homey appetizer. Serve them with sparkling wine, or a slightly sweet white wine. Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes. Notes: Baguette slices can be toasted up to 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container until ready to use.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add pears and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pears are soft, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cut baguette into 16 slices (1/4 in. thick; see Notes). Spread slices with remaining 1 tbsp. butter and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake slices until well toasted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

When pears are soft, stir in sage and remove from heat. Top toasted baguette slices with pear mixture and blue cheese. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve warm.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per crostino.

Ratings & Reviews

indianamuse's Review

June 25, 2009
Ehhh...this was really just okay. I made this because of the high reviews but just found the flavor profile to be very uninteresting. With so many other fantastic recipes out there, I doubt I would try this again.

ejsvejda's Review

December 31, 2008
Excellent! Easy to make and an interesting mix of flavors. I am not a blue cheese fan, so I used Maytag Blue because it is milder and it was a great contrast to the sweet pears. Will definitely make again.