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


  1. Heat reserved pear juice in a small stainless saucepan and reduce to 3 tablespoons or until thick and syrupy.  Cool to room temperature.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Calories 213 Sodium 222mg Vitamin A
Calories from Fat Carbohydrate   21g Vitamin C
Fat   12g Dietary Fiber   10g Calcium
Saturated Fat Sugar Potassium
Cholesterol   19mg Protein     9g Iron