This easy crostini appetizer has all of the flavors of fall. Pear slices and blue cheese lend a perfect salty-sweet flavor to this seasonal recipe.
Every time I bring home pears from the grocery store, I get the same reaction from my boys…a fist pump and a hug. That makes me wish that pears were available year round! While my middle school boys are still good about doling out the hugs (as long as it’s not within 100 yards of their buddies), I will always gladly do things to illicit additional displays of affection. So, in the fall, that means that I go on a pear-buying spree. Shameless, I know.
The pears never last long, as we eat them every which way we can – in salads, in pancakes, in muffins and, of course, straight up. As soon as the boys walk through the door after school, they make a beeline for the fridge to grab a pear and a few slices of cheese. Afternoon carb and protein refueling!
Last year, during the height of the apple season, we became slightly obsessed with Cinnamon Apple & Goat Cheese Crostini as both snacks and appetizers. These pear and blue cheese crostini are a riff off of that original recipe and, believe me, they’re every bit as good as the originals.
If you’re serving these as appetizers at a holiday party, lightly toast the baguette slices several hours in advance. Just as the guests are arriving, pop the baguette slices back in the oven, with some crumbles of blue cheese on top. Once the cheese is slightly melted, top with the pear slices, agave nectar and thyme leaves. It just doesn’t get any easier!
This is a recipe that I developed for The Pioneer Woman’s Food & Friends section, so please pop over there for the full Pear & Blue Cheese Crostini recipe.
Other easy, healthy appetizers:
Cookin' Canuck's Mini Hummus & Roasted Pepper Phyllo Bites
Cookin' Canuck's Sun-Dried Tomato & Dill Yogurt Dip
Well Plated's Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
Happy Kitchen.Rocks' Georgian Eggplant Rolls with Walnuts
Easy Appetizer: Pear & Blue Cheese Crostini Recipe
- 12 slices ½ Inch thick whole wheat baguette
- 6 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 1 red anjou pear cored, cut Into 12 slices
- 1 ½ teaspoons agave nectar or honey
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Please head to The Pioneer Woman for the recipe instructions.
kellie | The Suburban Soapbox
We eat boatloads of pears in our house, this appetizer would be a sure slam dunk with the family!
Haley @ Hi-Line Healthy
I can only imagine how beautifully these flavors combine together. I will definitely have to make this for my next get-together!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen
I love that your kids grab pears and cheese from the fridge after school. Smart kids. I also love the combination of pears and blue cheese. So tasty and such a great appetizer or light lunch.
Justine | Cooking and Beer
Blue cheese and apple is one of my favorite flavor combos! This looks amazing, Dara!
Hey Dara! These crostini look so delicious! I really like pear & blue cheese combo. Thank you for mentioning my eggplant rolls!
Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies
These look so easy and delicious. All of my favorite foods in one bite!
Maris (In Good Taste)
Perfect fall recipe!
Olivia - Primavera Kitchen
Brie and apples are definitely the perfect combination! Beautiful appetizer!
Amanda | The Chunky Chef
These look so incredibly flavorful! 🙂
Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
I'm the same way - I wish pear season was all year long! They are so delicious. This appetizer looks perfect (love the balance of flavors!), and so elegant.
Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
I am always up for a new tasty appetizer!