Friday, August 10, 2012

Gorgonzola Pear Toasts

I love these! I had this appetizer at a baby shower I attended, and I couldn't stop eating them. They look fancy, but are practically effortless! I bought a bag of candied pecans, which you can find on the baking aisle, but you can make your own too with this easy method here. You can find baguettes in the bakery section of the grocery store. They are super long and skinny. The original recipe calls for Gorgonzola, but I've made it with Feta and it's just as good.

Gorgonzola Pear Toasts
adapted from
1 baguette, thinly sliced
2 TBSPs olive oil
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz Gorgonzola or Feta cheese
1-2(15oz) cans of pear halves, drained and cut into small slices (you really need about 1 1/2 cans)
1/2 cup candied pecans, chopped
2 TBSPs parsley, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush them lightly with olive oil. Bake them for 5-7 minutes, just until they start to turn golden. Remove from oven and let cool.
2. Combine cream cheese and Gorgonzola OR Feta in mixer with paddle attachment. Beat them together until mixed well.
3. Spread a little bit of the cheese mixture on top of each of the toasts. Add a sliced pear and few candied pecan pieces, then sprinkle with fresh parsley. You might need to press a few of the pecans onto the cheese to make them stick if them fall off of the pear.
Serve immediately. Makes about 60 toasts.