Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sweet Pear and Cheese Crostini

16 (⅜-inch-thick) baguette-style French bread slices

8-ounces taleggio cheese, rind removed and sliced, or 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

1 small ripe pear, cored and very thinly sliced

2 tablespoons flavored honey, such as French lavender honey, or regular honey (I use raspberry honey)

Preheat broiler. Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 30 to 60 seconds or until the bread is toasted.

Turn each bread slice, and top with a slice of taleggio or some of the Gorgonzola. Broil 30 to 60 seconds more or until cheese is bubbly and bread is toasted.

Top each bread slice with a pear slice, and lightly drizzle with honey. Arrange bread slices on a serving platter. Serve immediately.

Yields: 16 appetizers

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