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Balsamic Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini

Contributed by: NAPSA

Perfectly Pleasing Pears Spice Up Home Gatherings

(NAPSA) - You don't have to break the bank to make home entertaining special. In fact, something as simple as a few pieces of fruit can make an elegant and festive decoration-plus, when your guests leave, you can turn your decor into a sweet yet healthy treat.

Balsamic Glazed Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini
For instance, rustic-colored, sweet-tasting USA Pears can be used as decor in any room while they're ripening in a beautiful fruit bowl. Just tuck in fresh-cut evergreen from your yard or other items from your boxes of holiday decorations. Try these additional ideas:

  • Layer a glass vase with fresh pears in a variety of colors-green, red, yellow and brown. Fill the vase 2/3 full with water. Gently tuck tall branches or flowers between pears for a showstopping, economical centerpiece.

  • Use pears to create inexpensive, homemade gift baskets or bags to give to friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers.

  • Once you take down your pear decor, the fruit can be transformed into a simple, elegant dessert such as poached pears. Or you might try this appetizer recipe. It's easy to prepare and impressive to serve at a party:

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cooking time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 USA Pears
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 24 baguette rounds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, spreadable
  • 1/2 cup almonds, slivered, toasted
  • Black pepper, ground, if desired

Directions:

Slice pears stemside up into 12 quarter-inch wide vertical planks. Cut large slices in half lengthwise for a total of 48 slices.

Heat vinegar, butter and honey in large frying pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constant, until reduced by half, about 2 tablespoons. Add pear slices and continue cooking for 1 minute, turning once.

Place 2 pear slices on each baguette round and top with 1 teaspoon goat cheese. Sprinkle almonds over cheese and garnish with fresh pepper, if desired.

For more decorating tips and recipes, visit www.usapears.org.

Serving Size: Makes 24 Pieces


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