While making some baby food for Felix last night, we had an extra half pear, and I also wanted dessert. Perfect timing, right? Well I’m actually not huge on pears, and I am generally reluctant to use them in cooking – or even have them in the house, really. Regardless, I know they pair well with cheese and we did happen to have some good goat cheese in the house. My wife has taken to utilizing honey as a main component of our cheese plates, so I knew that would accompany this budding dessert well. And pine nuts? When toasted, they add a rich, buttery flavor with a nice crisp texture. The balsamic would be the perfect balance because of the tart, sour notes.
In short, I’m pretty happy with the composition of this dish – the bonus is that it’s more appetizer than dessert, so feel free to use it for both. Yum.
- sliced pear
- goat cheese
- toasted pine nuts
- subtle drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- toast pine nuts
- dab goat cheese on pear slices
- drip honey on each piece
- subtly drizzle balsamic on goat cheese
- add pine nuts
- serve at a party and be the guilt-free hero