Holiday parties are in full swing this weekend, and if you’re searching for the perfect healthy holiday hors d’oeuvre, I have just the thing. While it still has the crunch and sweet/savory combination you’re craving, this is a simpler, more elegant bite that will be a welcome addition to any holiday fete. Pair this with a glass of champagne and toast to your culinary capability!
This recipe is versatile as well, so if you’re not crazy about Gorgonzola, you could use bleu cheese or goat cheese. If you don’t love pears, try apples and of course, choose your favorite nut for the perfect crunch.
Easy Pear, Nut and Cheese Crostini
makes: 10-12 servings
1 baguette sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
4-ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
2 medium pears, just ripe and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
chives, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.
2. Combine cream cheese and crumbled cheese in a small bowl. Spread cheese mixture evenly on toasted bread slices. Top with a few pear slices. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts.
4. Broil crostini for 1-2 minutes or until pears are tender and cheese is slightly melted. Garnish each piece with a teensy sprinkle of Gorgonzola and snips of chive. Serve immediately.