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Healthy Holiday Appetizer: Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini

December 13, 2011

If you’re looking for a simple holiday appetizer for Christmas or Hanukkah, look no further. These Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini are so fresh, pretty and easy to make. I am making these on television today for a  “healthy holiday appetizer” show on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama. You can find this recipe and 399 others in my latest cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose.


Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
8 to 10 baguette slices (about 8 to 10) 1⁄2 inch/1 cm thick)
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened 125 g
1⁄4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola 60 mL cheese
11⁄2 cups thinly sliced pear (about 375 mL) 2 medium (see Tip, below)
4 tablespoons liquid honey 60 mL
1⁄2 cup chopped pecans, toasted 125 mL
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches (10 cm) from heat

2. Arrange baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.

3. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and Gorgonzola. Spread bread slices evenly with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the Gorgonzola mixture. Top with pear slices. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pecans.

4. Broil crostini for 1 to 2 minutes or until pears are tender and cheese is slightly melted. Serve immediately.

Tip: When purchasing pears, look for ones that are fragrant and have no blemishes. I store mine in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.

Recipe excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


17 Responses to “Healthy Holiday Appetizer: Pear, Pecan and Gorgonzola Crostini”
December, 14 2011at 11:17 am
All my fave flavors!
Rachel says:
December, 14 2011at 09:17 am
These sound perfect for a party!
December, 14 2011at 11:02 am
Fruit + gorgonzola is heavenly! The crostini is just a bonus ;)
December, 14 2011at 08:45 am
Sweet and savory - this looks like a fantastic flavor combination for crostini. I could eat these all day.
Jeanette says:
December, 13 2011at 10:03 pm
Nice easy holiday appetizer - love the flavor combination!
raquel says:
December, 14 2011at 02:04 am
wow this is really amazing and great appetizer I would love to prepare for this coming holidays =)
marla says:
December, 15 2011at 12:34 am
Love this sweet & savory appetizer idea & I love your book too :)
Megan says:
December, 13 2011at 09:32 am
These look gorgeous! I've been really into pears and blue cheese lately!
December, 13 2011at 10:11 am
GOOD. GRIEF. ALL. MIGHTY. yesyesyes.
December, 13 2011at 02:10 pm
I absolutely love this combo of cheese and fruit! I like to pair ricotta with honey atop crostini, so this will add one more pop of flavor to my holiday table. Thank you for the inspiration!
Carolyn says:
December, 13 2011at 03:04 pm
What a great flavour combo for crostini!
TidyMom says:
December, 13 2011at 03:23 pm
LOVE this combo!! I might need to make these over the holidays!
December, 13 2011at 03:25 pm
I love this flavor combo!!! These sound AMAZING!
Jessica says:
December, 13 2011at 05:42 pm
I agree, those would make the perfect Christmas appetizer...but that book would make the perfect gift! ;-)
Aggie says:
December, 15 2011at 01:23 pm
This is awesome!!
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