Party Pleaser: Roasted Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese

It’s time to continue the holiday recipe mania with a little something to wow your friends at the next Christmas party.  Pears are perfect for this time of year, and this dish makes a great appetizer, side dish or dessert.  My dad even served them for breakfast over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need: (Serves 24, so adjust accordingly!)

1/2 pound goat cheese
1/4 cup fresh mixed herbs, chopped (I used parsley, thyme, and chives)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and pepper
12 small pears
2 tablespoons honey

Preparation Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese, herbs, and 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Halve the pears, scoop out the seeds and cores, and place them on a baking sheet. Stuff each pear half with about a tablespoon of the cheese/herb mixture.

Drizzle some olive oil over the pears and season them with salt and pepper. Bake until the pears are tender, or about 30 minutes.  Place the pears onto a pretty platter, drizzle with the honey, serve and enjoy!

For the most antioxidants, allow pears to fully ripen at room temperature before slicing.

If you want to make your roasted pears just a bit more over the top, wrap each one with a strip of bacon or prosciutto. My husband insisted that we make a few with bacon!

Why go with a hum-drum cheese and cracker platter when you can make an appetizer with a little more pizzazz?

I hope you give this dish a try this holiday season.  It’s unique, super easy and sure to dazzle your party guests!

2 Comments

Filed under Gluten-Free, Recipes

2 responses to “Party Pleaser: Roasted Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese

  1. Kate Taylor

    Hi JoAnna, Just thought I would let you know I am making these tonight for a Christmas party!

  2. Yay! Let me know how they turn out!

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