Who doesn't love a little toast? I definitely do, although I've always thought of toast as a really odd phenomenon: we hate stale bread, and even cold toast, but something about a hot crunchy piece of bread is amazing! Hot toast with butter melted into it really can't be beat. Except by adding cinnamon and sugar. Mmm.
These crostinis are a fun twist on a classic little toast. The hot crunch of bread, combined with the sweet softness of pear, salty sharpness of blue cheese, and flavor of sage leaves, combines for a wonderful appetizer or snack. Or in my case, lunch! Derek even went so far as to pour salted olive oil over his (which I'll admit was delicious!).
A light but rich and creamy appetizer, the pear and sage combination make these crostinis irresistible
- 4 Tbsp butter, divided (or olive oil)
- 3 ripe pears, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ whole wheat baguette, sliced
- 5 fresh sage leaves, diced
- ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
- fresh black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Spread each slice with a thin layer of butter or olive oil.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (until toasted) on a cookie sheet.
- In a frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and cook pears with salt for about 6 minutes - until soft and warmed through.
- Remove from heat, drain excess liquid, then mix with chopped sage.
- Top toasted bread with pear mixture and crumbled blue cheese. Finish with fresh ground black pepper, and olive oil if desired.