Dec 172013
 

Tis the season…for potlucks. I’ve had three potluck events already this year, and I was getting a little tired of the kitchen (yep, even I feel that way sometimes). So here’s a simple and festive appetizer that looks a lot fancier than it is. This crostini is a twist on my favorite baked brie recipe and uses my favorite winter fruit: pears.

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Nutritional Highlights: Baked brie can be a pretty deadly holiday appetizer, because it’s really tough to keep track of how much you’ve actually had. This recipe makes individual portioned bites. Plus, whole wheat baguette, pear slices, pomegranate seeds, and arugula add some vitamins and fiber. Vegetarian friendly.

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Brie, Pear, & Honey Crostini
makes about 20 crostini
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What’s in it:
Whole grain or multigrain baguette
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon herbs of your choosing (I used a mix of dried thyme and fresh rosemary since that’s what I had)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 large triangle of brie
2 ripe bartlett pears
Honey for drizzling
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
Handful of arugula leaves

How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Slice baguette on an angle into 1/4 inch slices.
3. Mix garlic, oil, herbs, and salt and pepper. Brush both sides of the baguette slices with the oil mixture.
4. Spread crostini on baking sheet and cook until lightly browned, about 15 minutes (turning once).
5. Meanwhile, remove brie rind and cut into 20 slices that will fit on the crostini. Slice the pear thinly.
6. Now you have two choices. If you want to serve these warm (recommended), top the warm toast with a slice of brie and return to the oven until the cheese melts. If serving cold, allow toast to cool and top with the brie slices.
7. Before serving, top each brie with a pear slice and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds (they will stick to the honey) and top with a few arugula leaves. Enjoy!

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  One Response to “Brie, Pear, & Honey Crostini”

  1. […] Thanks to its fibrous consistency, pears make for a smile-worthy snack that stimulates saliva production. In this way, they lower plaque levels in the mouth and provide a barrier for teeth against harmful acids. However, you may want to skip the dried fruit, since they’re known to be sticky and sugary.  For a great appetizer or snack, combine pear with some brie in this brie, pear and honey crostini!  […]

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