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December 4, 2013

Holiday Favorite- Pear Slices topped with Crispy Pancetta, Goat Cheese + Honey

Exchanging Holiday Favorites

-It’s super important that you do not use over-ripe pears. You should be able to pick up each slice without them bending too much.
-I’ve also made this with prosciutto, so feel free to substitute! Just cut each slice into about thirds before baking.
-Thinking that blue cheese would be a fantastic substitute for the goat cheese.. who wants to be a guinea pig?

Ingredients (makes ~12 portions)
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (about 12-14 slices)
2 to 3 firm pears (you should get about 5-8 decent sized slices out of each pear)
½ lemon
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Honey, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Separate the pancetta slices and place them on the baking sheet. They’ll shrink up quite a bit as they cook, so no need to leave much room in between. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the pancetta is darker in color and the edges are curled. Using a spatula, move crisped slices to a paper towel to cool for 10 minutes.

2. Cut the skinniest part off of one of the pears. Slice the rest of the fruit in rounds about ¼ inch thick. The middle-most slices will have seeds in them. Use a knife or the edge of a spoon to cut out the seeds/core. Move the pear slices to a bowl and squeeze the lemon over them. Toss to coat (this will stop the browning process). Continue with the other pears.

3. Arrange the pear slices on a serving platter. Top each pear slice with one piece of pancetta then a few crumbles of goat cheese. Drizzle with honey, and finish with a dash of black pepper.

Serve immediately. (If you let them sit out for a while the pancetta won’t be as crispy. But they’ll still be delicious.)

Thank you Katie for sharing one of your favorite appetizers! I truly enjoy following your blog and seeing all the wonderful foodie pictures you take. To follow Katie on her gluten free journey through New York City stop by her blog (Gluten Free Blondie) or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Click links below!

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