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Megans Cookin: Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

Monday, May 18, 2009

Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

If you throw the word caramelized into a recipe title, you pretty much have won my heart. recipes like my Spanish Beef Dips With Caramelized Manchego Onions, or my Chicken and Brie Quesadilla with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Mango Salsa. In fact, just last night we had Carmaelized Onion Pie, but I'll share that with ya real soon.

So you can imagine, when I saw the recipe for Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini, I was in 7TH heaven. This recipe was headed straight to the printer and I made it the very next day. I made it for an appetizer for an already to big dinner and it was a smashing success. I think this would also be good with a salad for a simple dinner.

Caramelized pears with blue cheese on a toasted baguette slice is a perfect combination. Good enough for guests, but I prefer it on a casual evening at home. Serve this with a sparkling wine or a slightly sweet white wine and... Enjoy!

Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

(Printable Recipe)
 Makes 16 crostini

4 tablespoons butter, divided
3 ripe Bartlett pears, cored, peeled, and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 white or whole-wheat baguette
6 sage leaves, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled mild blue cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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.
2. Meanwhile, cut baguette into 16 slices (1/4 in. thick). 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.
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.
Sunset Magazine
September 2007

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Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, pears and blue cheese? YUM! I would definitely make this. It sounds delicious.

May 18, 2009 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I dont think it could get much better than this combo!! What an absolutely perfect appetizer!

May 19, 2009 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This looks smashing! Carmelized anything tastes great but this combination sounds over the top!

May 19, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Last time I made caramelized pears it was for a family party at my mom's and the electric went out JUST as I finished making them LOL we ate by candle light :)

May 19, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
OpenID biz319 said...

What a great combination! Can't wait to try this one!

May 19, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

This sounds amazing! Perfect timing too, I have a couple of pears kicking around and a dash of bleu cheese to use up! Can't wait to try it!

May 19, 2009 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Perfect appetizer! I have a similar one with pears, but it has rosemary, honey, and brie. I will have to make that one, thanks for the reminder:)

May 19, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger April said...

Wow, these look delish!!!

May 19, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

This lloks real tastey. I love pear and blue cheese together. Add bread your all set!

May 19, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I'm with you - I'm a sucker for anything caramelized! These not only sound delicious, but different from the "normal"!

May 19, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger ARUNA said...

what a delicious appetizer......gorgeous!!!

May 19, 2009 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger A. and M. said...

I am going to try this,,,,
Thanks for the idea..

May 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

What delicious ingredients Megan!!

May 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

I love the combination of pears and cheese. This sounds absolutely wonderful! Definitely a must try for me.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is so nice to meet you and to visit you here.

You have a lovely site with some fantastic recipes. I shall enjoy visiting here often!

May 21, 2009 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

OMG. I made this and it was AWESOME! I set them out for everyone as a snack. Um. 'Everyone' didn't get much. Dang, those are dangerous! I put the bleu cheese in with the pears for a couple of minutes and it half melted into the most amazing sauce that soaked into the bread and omg! Thank you, Megan, for the recipe! It is going in my recipe book! Yum!

May 21, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Okay this sounds insanely good. I just printed it too!

May 21, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE pears! Yum!

I just made the Malt O' Meal Muffins. The girls at my office inhaled them! They were gone in ten minutes!

May 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

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