Sunday, November 4, 2012

Honey, We've Got Company... Let's Make Roasted Pear and Honeyed Goat Cheese Bruschetta!

Pears bug me. Yes, bug me.  

No matter how often I've tried to ripen them, they're typically bruised once finally soft enough to eat, or tend towards the tasteless.

But, what I've found, is that roasting them kind of "fools" them into perfectly plump, sweet, soft and all around yummy perfection- right out of the grocery store produce aisle!

And tonight... the rock-hard pears I bought today, surprisingly came through! Here's a recipe that I came up with at the last minute using ingredients on hand. It's reasonably healthy, with no refined sugar- and fresh fruit, and was substantial enough for a nice snack, yet sweet and satisfying enough to feel like a dessert. 

So simple. So fresh. So pretty!

Roasted Pear and Honeyed Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Loaf of French bread cut into thin slices
4 oz. goat cheese
2 tsp. fresh local honey
3 pears, cut into 1" pieces
Olive oil
Sea Salt

Place pears on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a dash of sea salt.  Roast at 400 degrees for about 20-25 min or until caramelized.

On another cookie sheet, lined with foil, add the bread and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake in the same oven about 10 min, until very lightly browned.

In the meantime, mix the honey and goat cheese and set aside.

Once bread and pears are ready, assemble by topping the bread with the goat cheese mixture and sprinkling on the pears.  Drizzle more honey over if desired... but mine were good as is.

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