So you've been roped into hosting a party, co-hosting a party, or if you were very sneaky, only bringing a dish for a party. The question is, what to bring? I love recipes that become their own serving dish and have a fun visual presence. This pear endive appetizer is respectful of seasonal produce and gives guests lots of textures and flavors to enjoy. Crunchy, creamy, sweet, and savory; after you bring this dish be prepared to be asked to host next year's party.
Pear Endive Boats
From Pacific Northwest Canned Pears Guide- makes 6 Servings
|15 ounces (1 can)||Canned Pear Slices, drained and juice reserved|
|As needed||Non-stick cooking spray|
|1/2 cup||Goats’ cheese|
|1/2||Reduced fat cream cheese|
|1/3 cup||Pecans, chopped, toasted|
|1/3 cup||Chopped chives, divided|
|3/4 teaspoon||Ground black pepper|
|24 spears||Belgian endive, white and red|
- Heat reserved pear juice in a small stainless saucepan and reduce to 3 tablespoons or until thick and syrupy. Cool to room temperature.
- Lightly spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Lay pear slices on pan. Spray tops of pears to coat lightly. Place pan under broiler; cook 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Turn each slice over and continue broiling until golden brown and slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Dice pears; reserve.
- In large mixing bowl or stand mixer with paddle attachment, blend goats’ cheese with cream cheese until smooth. Blend in pear syrup. Stir in pecans, 1/4 cup chives and pepper. Gently stir in 3/4 of diced, caramelized pears. Adjust seasonings. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before using.
- Before serving, spread endive spears out in an even layer on a baking sheet and spoon onto the tip of each spear. Place filled spears on a platter and place a small piece of reserved caramelized pear onto each filled spear. Sprinkle with remaining chives to garnish.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (per serving)
|Calories from Fat||Carbohydrate||21g||Vitamin C|