I have this thing with crostini. I can’t stop making them! And the newest one – this pear and whipped goat cheese crostini – it’s so, so good. But I think I say that about all of them – haa! Appetizers are one of my favorite foods to make, and eat. And with holiday gatherings coming up, it’s always good to have new ones to try out!
Crostini are just so fun and delicious to throw together. The possibilities for topping combinations is endless.
So what do we have going on here? First, there’s the goat cheese, mixed with a little cream cheese and olive oil and whipped till smooth and creamy. There’s just something about whipped cheese that gets me every time – it’s 1000 times better. Then there’s the delicious roasted pears; you can definitely just top the crostini with un-roasted sliced pears (I’ve made a couple variations of those in the past), but I love the extra flavor roasting them brought. (I didn’t roast mine for too long, I didn’t want the pears too soft). And finally topped with fresh thyme for a little savory kick and drizzled with honey. These pear and whipped goat cheese crostini are a perfect appetizer for upcoming holiday gatherings!
- 4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
- 1 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pears
- fresh thyme
- baguette, sliced
- olive oil
Using a food processor or mixer, whip the goat cheese, cream cheese and olive oil until light and airy, about 2 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300ºF.
Cut pears into thin slices. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle with honey and fresh thyme.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until pears are just a little soft and starting to brown.
Remove from oven, set aside. Turn oven on to broil.
Brush sides of baguette slices lightly with olive oil. Broil for a couple minutes, till lightly toasted.
Spread toasted baguette slices with whipped goat cheese. Top with roasted pear slices and drizzle with additional honey. Serve immediately.
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