Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

by Megan on May 18, 2009

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

Ingredients
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

Preparation
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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1 Teresa Cordero Cordell May 19, 2009 at 4:31 am

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

2 Donna-FFW May 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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

3 Shari@Whisk: a food blog May 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm

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

4 stephchows May 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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 :)

5 biz319 May 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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

6 Jennie May 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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!

7 Maria May 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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:)

8 April May 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Wow, these look delish!!!

9 Lori May 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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

10 Deborah May 20, 2009 at 12:40 am

I’m with you – I’m a sucker for anything caramelized! These not only sound delicious, but different from the “normal”!

11 ARUNA May 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

what a delicious appetizer……gorgeous!!!

12 A. and M. May 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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

13 Laurie May 21, 2009 at 6:16 am

What delicious ingredients Megan!!

14 Katy May 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

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!

15 Jennie May 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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!

16 noble pig May 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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

17 The Blonde Duck May 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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!

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