Built on the classic combination of fruit, cheese and nuts, this Pear and Brie Crostini is a delicious, elegant and simple to make pear appetizer.Jump to Recipe Print Recipe
Have you ever been to a dinner party where all they served were appetizers? Well I love such parties. I think it's so much fun to be able to sample so many different nibbles and experience all the various flavours and textures.
Some of my favourite appetizers are those that combine both sweet and savoury elements in the same bite. This baked Pear and Brie Crostini does exactly that.
How to make this Pear Appetizer
This is such an easy appetizer to prepare. Here's an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh thyme (optional)
- Ground pepper (optional)
To make it, start by slicing a baguette into one-half inch rounds. Place the slices of bread onto a baking sheet and brush the tops with a little olive oil.
Toast the bread under the broiler for a couple of minutes or just until the bread is golden. If you like you can do this step up to 3 days ahead of time. Simply let the crostini come to room temperature before storing them in an airtight container on the countertop.
To finish making the appetizer, add a slice of brie on top of the crostini and then top the brie with a slice of pear. Put the tray of crostini under the broiler until the cheese starts to melt. Remove from the oven and then drizzle with the honey and balsamic syrup.
How to Serve
Top each crostini with toasted crumbled walnuts, a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves and a dash of freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.
Variations that can be made to the recipe:
- Ready-made Melba toast can be used instead of homemade crostini.
- Camembert can be used instead of brie cheese.
- You can substitute the pears with apples.
- Pecans can be used instead of walnuts. And if there's a nut allergy, pumpkin or pomegranate seeds can be used instead of nuts.
- Substitute fresh thyme for finely chopped fresh rosemary.
With a season full of special occasions upon us, it's great to have delicious, elegant and yet simple to make appetizers in our repertoire.
Include this heavenly baked brie with pears crostini along with these easy to make Maple Spiced Walnuts on your menu next time you entertain and you'll be sure to impress.
More Easy Appetizers
- Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini
- Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini
- Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip
- Mixed Spiced Nuts
Pear and Brie Crostini
- 1 baguette sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 6 oz brie rind trimmed
- 1/2 cup walnuts toasted* and coarsely chopped
- 1-2 pears halved, cored, and thinly sliced
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- a few sprigs of fresh thyme optional
- freshly ground pepper optional
- Start by placing a rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high.
- Set the slices of baguette on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little olive oil.
- Place the baking sheet under the broiler and toast the bread until they are crispy and lightly golden on top, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the honey with balsamic vinegar, add the salt and stir. Set aside.
- Layer the crostini with a slice of cheese topped by a slice of pear.
- Broil until the cheese starts to melt.
- Pull out of the oven and drizzle with the honey and balsamic syrup.
- Add a few pieces of crumbled walnuts, a sprinkling of thyme and a dash of freshly ground pepper.
- Serve immediately.
- *Toast the walnuts in a 350ºF oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they are fragrant, let cool and chop coarsely.
- Camembert can be used instead of brie.