Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pinkies Out!

Shown served on crostini.
Ooh la la! This is a simple but elegant appetizer contributed by Concetta, our Party Ninja. It's the simplest things that are most divine!  

Pear and Prosciutto with Honey
1 pear, 1/4 inch sliced (bosc pears are best)
4 oz goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1 package of prosciutto

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray baking sheet and lay prosciutto on sheet. Bake until crispy about 15 to 25 minutes, keep your eye on it.
Spread goat cheese on sliced pear, drizzle a touch of honey. Once prosciutto is cooled put on sliced pear and serve.

It's tough to improve upon perfection, but there are some variations you could make to accommodate your preferences or availability of ingredients. Blue cheese or Gorgonzola baked onto crostini, then topped with prosciutto, pear and honey is also absolutely deish! 

Crostini: slice a baguette into 1/2 inch slices, spread out laying flat on baking sheet, lightly drizzle with olive oil, then top with crumbles of cheese and bake until lightly toasted.

For more of a first course than appetizer, make it into a salad! I love arugula for greens with this, then break the prosciutto crisps into bits, add thinly sliced pear, and top with crumbled cheese (blue cheese, gorgonzola, or goat cheese). 

Keep it simple when it comes to dressing: fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, honey, salt, pepper. Wisk or shake then drizzle on top! Walnuts add some more crunch and flavor if you are so inclined.

Your friends will definitely be impressed with this sophisticated yet simple treat!

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