Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - In place of crostini or crackers on a cheese plate, bake pear slices. This beautiful starter showcases the shape of the sweetened pear and perfectly balances the savoury, rich chevre.
Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, thinly slice pear lengthwise.
In medium pot over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to boil, stirring occasionally; continue boiling [do not stir] 5 minutes. One by one, place slices of pear in syrup; cook 1 minute. Remove pear slices with slotted spoon; arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet in single layer. Bake in 200 F (100 C) oven until crisp and dry, about 2 hours. Let cool completely on rack.
Place 1 tsp (5 mL) of chevre on each pear slice; sprinkle with a few pine nuts.
Substitute pear crisps with toasted baguette pieces topped with thin slices of raw pear, chevre and pine nuts.
Serving Size: Makes 20 Pieces
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