At the risk of ruining a certain handsome boy’s street cred, I will not tell you that he scoured my Pinterest boards and surprised me by making this very appetizer, followed by apricot glazed chicken. That would have been totally thoughtful and gushy and delicious and therefore, not cool.
Instead, I will tell you that I’ve been running around like a damn pear-scavenger trying to get this recipe up before Thanksgiving. Because it is peeerrrrfect. We ate it a second time for Friendsgiving this past week, and will definitely be going for round 3 this Thursday. You should too.
But definitely, definitely get someone else (i.e. your loving caring boyfriend, your mom, your cat, etc.) to make it for you. Preferably while you sprawl on the couch in a uniform of 2-day old sweats and exert all the willpower you can possibly muster not to go peek into the kitchen. NOT. EVEN. A PEEK. Cause things just taste better that way, don’t they? Yup.
Recipe: Pear Slices topped with Crispy Pancetta, Goat Cheese + Honey
[original recipe from My Recipes / Southern Living]
-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)
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Honey, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
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.
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.
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.)