Pear and goat cheese crostini are an easy appetizer ready in 20 minutes! Crispy bread is topped with cheese layer, slices of pear, crushed nuts & drizzled with honey.
If you want to impress your guests at your next party, make these pear and goat cheese crostini!
Finger foods are perfect because they cater for guests with different tastes and diets. You can keep everyone happy by making what they like.
Bite-size food is so easy to make and in most cases quick! Try these pear and goat cheese appetizers to see for yourself!
5 reasons to make pear and goat cheese crostini:
Easy recipe – if you love simple finger food recipes that are easy to put together, this is it!
Quick to make – some easy recipes take a lot of time to prepare but this is not the case. 24 crostini toasts are ready in less than 30 minutes.
Only 5 ingredients – is all it takes to make these pear and goat cheese crostini.
Balanced flavors – not too sweet not too salty – just perfect blend of flavors!
Perfect for any occasion – fancy birthday party, family gathering, DIY wedding reception, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas or New Year’s party ….
Plus no oven is needed to make them!
How to make crostini?
The traditional way of making crostini is by baking them in the oven. This is not my favorite way to make them though. I just throw them into my toaster and wait until they pop out. If I feel they need to be in longer, I adjust the time.
It’s the easiest and quickest way to make them!
How to make pear and goat cheese crostini – step by step
First, toast sliced bread. As I’ve already mentioned, using the toaster is the quickest and easiest way and works so well. It takes me about 2 minutes to toast 6 slices.
Your time might be different. This will depend on the size of your toaster and also on the doneness of the crostini. You might like less crispy so you can reduce the time or increase it. This is completely up to you.
Meanwhile, you can prepare the cheese mixture by combining goat cheese and ricotta cheese in a bowl until smooth-ish. Rinse the pears and cut them into quarters, lengthwise. Remove the seeds as well as any hard parts. Then slice thinly. The last thing to prep is roughly chopping a few hazelnuts.
When your prep is done, you are ready to assemble the toasts:
Toast + cheese + 2 pear slices + drizzle of honey + crushed hazelnuts.
- A day old French baguette is perfect for making pear and goat cheese crostini toasts.
- The bread should not be sliced too thin or too thick. If it is too thin, it might not be able to support all the ingredients you want to use. ½ inch to ¾ inch is the perfect thickness.
- Thick slices might be difficult to eat.
- Crostini toasts taste best when prepared just before serving. The longer they sit at a counter, the soggier they get (this will depend on the choice of toppings as well). The easiest way is to toast the bread slices ahead and add toppings just before the party/gathering is about to start.
- If you think you can’t manage, I guarantee you that you can (unless you need to make about 100 of them that is). Assembling 12 pears and goat cheese crostini takes only about 6 minutes, 24 crostinis = 12 minutes. That is pretty doable, right?
How many canapes should I serve per person?
The number of bite size appetizers you will need for your party might be different every single time. This will depend on the type of party/gathering, the length of time your guests will stay, whether other foods will be served, the time of the day, the size of the appetizers …
In general, count with 3-4 canapes per person for a 4-hour party, if other food is served as well. If you are not planning on serving other snacks or food, increase the amount of canapes to 8 per person.
- 1 large French baguette (24 slices)
- 7 ounces ricotta cheese (1 cup/200 grams)
- 4 ounces goat cheese (120 grams)
- 4 small pears (about 110 grams each)
- 1 ounce hazelnuts (heaped 1⁄8 cup/30 grams)
- Cut the baguette into ½ inch – ¾ inch (1.5-2 cm) thick slices. Toast them using a toaster until they look to your liking. Don’t burn them.
- Meanwhile: Prepare the cheese mixture by combining ricotta and goat cheese in a bowl (use a fork to mash it). Rinse and pat dry the pears. Cut them into quarters lengthwise. Remove the seeds and any hard parts. Slice each piece thinly and set aside (see note 4). Roughly chop the hazelnuts.
- When the toast is ready, take one slice, spread some cheese mixture over, top with 2 pear slices, drizzle with honey and top with hazelnuts. Repeat until all the crostinis are ready.
- Best served right away! (see note 6)
- You might need to increase/decrease the number of canapes per person. This will depend on the size of the appetizers, the length of the party, and the type of the party. If there will be other food or snacks served, you can decrease the amount of canapes per person. This recipe yields 24 pieces and counts with 4 pieces per head.
- A day old French baguette is better for making toast.
- The cooking time = the toasting time. This time might vary slightly. If you have a large toaster you might be able to toast more of the crostinis in one go which will save you time.
- To stop the pears from turning brown, you can drizzle some lemon juice over. Don’t worry you won’t taste the lemon.
- You can substitute hazelnuts with walnuts.
- These crostini toasts are best served right away but can be kept at room temperature for up to 5 hours. Just note that the longer they sit the softer they get.
- If you like more nuts, increase the amount in the recipe.
- Use any soft goat cheese of your choice. I used the President brand.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g