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Gorgonzola & Pear Crostini

This recipe has been in my arsenal for a while and I love to use it to start a summer dinner party. It is very easy, very tasty, and also very pretty. You can easily impress your friends with this one.

Start with a baguette sliced into pretty thick pieces, I usually go around 3/4″, and place them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Then place a piece of Gorgonzola or blue cheese on top, and bake in a 400* oven for about 10 min, or until the cheese is fully melted. Meanwhile in a small sauce pan, heat up a 1/4 of a cup of lemon juice, 1/4 of a cup of white wine, and 3 tbsp of honey. This is going to be a small sauce for the crostinis.

Once the pieces are ready in the oven, remove and place a thin slice of pear, I used Bartlet but you can use whatever is in season, and then top with arugula. Then drizzle the sauce on top and you have a wonderful warm and crunchy appetizer that will surely please everyone! A fun small twist: “Bridging” wine into food is very common and a great way to enjoy food & wine pairings. Use a nice white wine, like a sauvignon blanc in the sauce as well as pouring a glass for your guests. It will be a wonderful tasting experience!