Monday, June 15, 2009

Meatless Monday: Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

About a month ago, the mister and I were trying to decide what to bring to a gathering at the house of our friends. Our friends mentioned that someone else who was coming was planning to bring a pear-flavored cocktail, so I thought "Perfect!" when I saw this recipe. Not only did it look like it would go really well with that drink, but I was also excited because the prep work sounded easy, there were only a few ingredients listed, I could make everything ahead of time, and it seemed like it would travel well. Killer bonus? It turned out to be delicious.

Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini

This recipe is so simple to make. You can easily be done with the whole thing - chopping to topping - in about half an hour. I'm telling you, you can't go wrong. We liked it so much ourselves, we couldn't wait for an excuse to make it again and so had it at a gathering at our own house a couple of weeks later.

After the crostini were toasted, we let them cool off for about ten minutes and then put them in a Ziploc bag. And, after the pear mixture was cooked and had cooled, we scooped that into a disposable plastic container. When we were ready to go, we just popped those two things and the little tub of crumbled blue cheese in a bag and were off. At our hosts' house, we microwaved the pear mixture for a minute, scooped it and the blue cheese on top of the crostini, sprinkled them with salt and pepper, and voila! Done.

My one complaint about this recipe? It's almost scandalous that there is no mention of blue cheese in its title! Blue cheese is such a crowd-pleaser, and it complements the subtle flavors of the pear and sage so well.

Got any favorite vegetarian or vegan recipes?? Please share!

Other Meatless Monday posts


Jenny said...

Oh Cousine...this sounds absolutely divine! On Sunday we're going up to Neal's brother's house for a Packard Party. His family is having a get-together on what would have been Boo Boo's 100th birthday on the 21st! I think that this is exactly the kind of yummy thing to make and bring to the shin-dig! Like you said, who doesn't like blue cheese?! THANKS for the suggestion! Mmmmmm!

Cheri said...

I promise, you won't be disappointed!

I can't believe Boo Boo would have been 100 on Sunday! Maybe someone should make Hunca Munca stew! Hahaha.

Dana said...

Some of my favorite ingredients into one yummy dish! Thanks for the idea.