Recipes, Savory

December 29, 2018

Roasted Pear and Ricotta Crostini

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If you haven’t already noticed I’m a huge fan of crostini, especially for cocktail parties. It’s colorful, easy to eat and there are so many different variations. A New Years Party doesn’t require intensive recipes or large meals, but a few hors d’oeuvres will make sure your guests are able to ring in the New Year on a cheery note. Deciding your menu of small bites can be a bit challenging, and although it’s difficult to please everyone there are certain dishes that please almost every pallet. I made a Roasted Pear and Ricotta Crostini, which is pretty fab, and did I mention it pairs perfectly with a glassy of bubbly?

Crunchy toasted bread smeared with creamy ricotta cheese is the perfect match for fresh seasonal fruit. The farmers market I shop at has been filled with fresh pears lately, and I’ve been loving it. As I’ve said in my previous posts NYE is one of those nights you want those fancy drinks and food, but you also need time to get glam yourself. This might just be the easiest appetizer ever. I repeat, easy appetizers = perfect for NYE. Your guests don’t need to know this only took minutes!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large crusty baguette
  • 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place pears in a large bowl and toss with honey, cinnamon and salt. Arrange pears on the baking sheet and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and cut pear halves into slices.
  3. Top toasted bread with a layer of ricotta and pear slices. Sprinkle with walnuts and top with more honey, if desired.

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