This Pear and Brie Crostini is simple holiday appetizer that looks so beautiful and can be thrown together in under 15 minutes – you know, for those last minute guests or those nights where you just don’t want to slave for hours in the kitchen (ahem, every night).
We entertain A LOT. It’s just what we do – we feed people. It is such a rewarding part of our lives, but I will admit that there are times that I run out of steam and am looking for creative but simple dishes to share with our guests. This one is my new go-to! More time visiting, less time cooking.
We took toasted baguette slices and layered them with creamy brie cheese (or sub vegan cream cheese for a dairy free alternative), delicate pear slices, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of walnuts and thyme. It has a bit of everything … just add wine!
This is a great recipe to bookmark for the holidays as I find that it’s a fairly standard request to get someone to bring an appetizer – it’s so nice to have a bank of them at your fingertips when you need to pull something together in a flash!
If you’re looking for other holiday appetizer recipes check out these Cranberry Brie Hand Pies, Roasted Rosemary Nuts (so good on a cheese plate) or my Salmon Cakes with Tartar Sauce (a bit more work but well worth it).
Pear & Brie Crostini
Pear & Brie Crostini
The perfect appetizer for any occasion, this pear crostini is not only gorgeous to look at but also delicious!
- 1 fresh baguette
- extra virgin olive oil
- 200 grams double cream brie cheese (or vegan cream cheese)
- 3 pears (sliced, we used Bartlett)
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
While your oven is preheating, slice your baguette on a bias into 1/2 inch slices. Lightly brush each piece with olive oil on both sides, place on a large baking sheet and bake for 2 - 3 minutes each side, until golden brown.
On each toasted baguette slice, layer a thin slice of brie cheese (or a spread of vegan cream cheese), sliced pear, crumbled walnuts, and thyme. Drizzle with honey and serve!
What type of brush do you use to spread the olive oil on the bread? I have a silicone one.
I used a wooden one with bristles but a silicone one should work great!
Renata M Ballard says
We made these over the holiday, absolutely delicious!
Tori W. says
Yay! Glad you enjoyed! Tori
Made these with nuts for cheese “un-Brie-lievable” cheese and they were amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration!