Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Crostini Bar & some awesome Carmelized Pears: SIMPLE yumminess!

Caramelized Pears

I know I've been MIA way too much....  the good news is we've been pretty busy catering {which means I'm cooking!} and the bad news is I've no time to write about it and so the blog has been set aside..... I know, AGAIN.

So, don't want to waste this free time with excuses... one of the things we've added to our repertoire is the Crostini Bar. It is FABULOUS!  I originally saw this idea on the Yummy Mummy Kitchen {on the post I happened to WIN a $100 Layla Grayce Gift Certificate doncha know!}

Best part of this appetizer is that you can really include what you LOVE. 


Recommended set up includes:
          3 cheeses 
          3 toppings
          something crunchy or an herb.

I only have time to share one of our treats from our recents bars.... and I choose our caramelized pears.  SO. YUM. and yes, SO. EASY.

WHAT YOU NEED:
3 pears
1/3 cup granulated sugar

WHAT YOU DO:
Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Halve pears lengthwise; remove cores.
(A melon baller removes cores easily,
but a small spoon works, too.)
Place sugar on a plate.
  Press cut side of each halved pear in sugar.
Place cut side down in heated skillet;
cook until beginning to brown,
7 to 8 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water.
Cover; simmer until pears are tender,
about 10 minutes (depending on ripeness),
adding more water if sugar begins to burn.

Once tender, chop them into large chunks and pour pears and sauce in a bowl.... this goes great on any cheese.... goat would be my favorite but Gorgonzola also a great match.

ENJOY!
p.s. this would be a GREAT time to try to win the PERFECT pan to make these in!  Click here

And here are a couple of our recent Crostini Bars...
Honey Roasted Tomatoes
Roasted Grapes
Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly
Caramelized Pears
Ricotta
St. Albay
Goat
Candied Pecans
Assorted Toasted Breads
Roasted Grapes
Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly
Caramelized Pears
Bleu Brie
St. Albay
Goat
Candied Pecans
Fresh Basil
Assorted Toasted Breads


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12 comments:

  1. I need these pears in my life, nothing else to it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Uru, they are so amazing. And since it's fruit I've convinced myself it's health food :)

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  2. Yum, those do look easy and tasty Heidi! And I'm happy that you've been busy with good things!

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  3. I think it's amazing that you're so busy catering!

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    1. I adore catering. It's rough physically on an old woman like me.... but SO fun!

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  4. I've never thought of a crostini bar before ... it's genius :-)

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  5. Ooo I love your crostini bar idea! I'm so doing that for my next party, I usually make 3 different kinds myself (I love crostinis), but it would be so much more fun for people to get to pick and choose their own, love this Heidi!

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    1. That's what we used to do.... Our Honey Roasted Tomato with Ricotta was a signature dish.... then the duo entered with Roasted Grapes.... but the Bar.... now THAT'S the bomb <3

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  6. Such a great idea Heidi! And those pears look incredible, there´s nothing like caramelized fruit, love it!

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    1. Thanks, REALLY a fabulous treat at any gathering....

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