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Gorgonzola Pear and Walnut Crostini recipe

Gorgonzola Pear and Walnut Crostini recipe

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An elegant and extremely delicious appetiser. The perfect finger food for dinner parties.

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IngredientsServes: 10

  • 1 French baguette, sliced into 5mm rounds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 225g crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 120g chopped walnuts

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:35min

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on a baking tray. Brush the top of each one with olive oil. Place a slice of pear onto each piece of bread, then crumble some of the cheese over the top. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until the pears are browned and the cheese has started to melt.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(21)

Reviews in English (17)

by Jessica53214

This bread was good. I made the following changes: I used unmelted butter and then mixed the cheese along with 1TBSP of whiskey and the walnuts into a spread. I skipped toasting the bread, topped it with the pears then spread on cheese mixture. I baked these at 425 for 10 minutes. They came out perfect! I made them for a party and they were gone in less than 20 minutes.-25 Oct 2006

by MRSRADBANANA

What a delish crostini! The flavors go together so well. Next time I'll make the pear slices a little thicker- I absolutely love how the pear just melts in your mouth.-13 Aug 2007


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Recipe Summary

  • 9 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large pear, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the penne in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes drain.

Return the drained pasta to the pot stir the butter, Parmesan cheese, and Gorgonzola cheese into the pasta and place over medium heat cook until the cheese is completely melted. Pour the cream into the pasta mixture stir. Remove from heat and fold the pear into the pasta mixture. Top with walnuts. Season with pepper to serve.


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Directions

Toast pecans in large fry pan. Set aside.

Peel pears, if desired. Cut in half and core. If needed, slice about 1/4 inch from rounded sides to make pears sit flat in baking dish.

Bake in a buttered baking dish (9 x 13-inches) at 450 degrees F., for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Turn pears over and sprinkle with salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until soft and lightly browned.

Meanwhile, combine walnuts, brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl, stirring to coat nuts. Top pear halves with walnut mixture and cheese. Broil pears 5 1/2 inches from heat until cheese melts.


Recipe—Pear and Gorgonzola Crostini

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INGREDIENTS
1/2 c cream cheese, softened
1/2 c Gorgonzola
1/4 c butter, softened
baguette, sliced into 1/2” thick slices
2 pears, sliced into thin wedges
1/2 c pecans, chopped
2 tbsp rosemary. chopped
1/4 c honey

  • Preheat oven to 375º.
  • In a small bowl combine cream cheese, Gorgonzola, and butter.
  • Spread a thin layer of the cheese spread on each baguette slice.
  • Place one or two pear slices on top of the cheese.
  • Top pears with some crushed pecans and sprinkle rosemary on the top.
  • Place the prepared baguette slices on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 7–8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.

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Possible Variations:

There are endless ways that you could customize this pear salad, so feel free to get creative and use whatever ingredients you love best! For example, feel free to…

  • Add bacon or chicken: Crumbled bacon or grilled diced chicken would be delicious additions, if you would like to add some protein.
  • Add pomegranate arils: For an extra pop of color this time of year, feel free to sprinkle some fresh red pomegranate arils (or even dried cranberries) into the salad too.
  • Use a different kind of cheese: As mentioned above, crumbled goat cheese, feta cheese, aged cheddar or shaved Parmesan would be delicious cheese alternatives.
  • Use a different kind of nuts: Feel free to candy pecans instead of walnuts. Or, if you’re short on time, you can just toast the nuts instead of baking them with the candy coating.
  • Use balsamic vinegar: I also love making this salad with a zesty balsamic vinaigrette, subbing in balsamic (or golden balsamic) vinegar in place of the apple cider vinegar.
  • Make it gluten-free: This salad is already naturally gluten-free! As always, just be sure to double-check your labels to ensure that all ingredients are certified gluten-free.
  • Make it vegan: Just omit the gorgonzola or use vegan cheese in its place.


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