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Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini are the perfect solution for simple entertaining.

They look far more special than a plate of fruit and cheese, but they’re really a cinch to prepare and they don’t require any special serving utensils.

Think of them as a little hostess cheat to keep in your back pocket.

You can try all sorts of different combinations from sweet to savory.

Crostini are fun to get creative with and the possibilities are endless. 

This recipe for Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini has diced sautéed pears and pomegranate arils in a cinnamon maple sauce with just a touch of balsamic vinegar to balance out the sweetness.

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini

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How to Make Crostini

Crostini might sound fancy, but concept of crostini is actually pretty simple.

Thinly Sliced Bread

Start first with thin slices of toasted baguette.

It is important to choose good bread – I like artisan loaves and baguettes.

Slice it thin, but not too thin.

If it the bread is too thin it won’t be able to support your delicious toppings.

I find that about 1/2 inch thick slices work the best.

Toast the Bread

Brush the tops with olive oil before toasting.

You can add extra flavor, as well, by rubbing the tops of the toasted bread with garlic cloves or citrus zests.

Or, try flavored olive oils, like blood orange olive oil or herbed olive oils, when toasting the bread.

Add the Toppings

Then, top the toasted baguette with almost any ingredient you like.

Garnish

For a little extra special presentation, garnish the assembled crostini with fresh herbs, a sprinkling of grated cheese, chopped nuts, or anything else you like that will compliment your toppings.

Enjoy

This Spiced Pear Pomegranate Crostini recipe is great for holiday entertaining.

I love how easy it is to prepare and that it is seasonal and colorful.

Aside from entertaining, these Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini make a great mid-morning snack!

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More Easy Crostini Recipes:

Looking for more easy crostini recipes to serve as appetizers? Here are a few of my favorites below.

You can also head over to the Recipe Index and browse the Appetizers and Snacks archives for even more tasty recipe ideas!

Grilled Summer Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pesto is a great way to savor the abundance of zucchini and yellow squash during the summer months.

Take advantage of summer’s colorful and delicious produce and make this Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese. Crostini is a great summer appetizer to serve while sitting out on the patio in the evening.

You can enjoy this  Roasted Peach Goat Cheese Crostini with Brown Sugar and Ginger recipe as a simple fruit dessert after dinner or serve it as an appetizer or snack. It is perfect for either occasion.

Sun Dried Tomato Spinach Pesto Crostini is a great way to use up a big bunch of fresh garden basil. 

This simple White Bean Bruschetta is a quick make-ahead appetizer to help simplify holiday entertaining and potlucks.

Ricotta cheese plus fresh tomatoes plus whole grain bread and a sprinkling of parmesan – I’d say that’s actually a pretty healthy lunch or late afternoon snack. We’ve even served these delicious little Herbed Ricotta and Tomato Crostini with a plate of fruit and called it dinner.

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Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini are the perfect solution for simple entertaining.

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini look far more special than a plate of fruit and cheese, but they’re really a cinch to prepare and they don’t require any special serving utensils.

Ingredients

  • Baguette, thinly sliced (1/2 inch thick)
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 large ripe but firm Pears, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Arils
  • 1 package Laughing Cow® Smooth Sensations Cinnamon Cream or 6 ounces Cinnamon Cream Cheese

Instructions

  1. Brush the tops of the baguette lightly with olive oil.
  2. Toast the sliced baguette.
  3. Spread each generously with Laughing Cow® Smooth Sensations Cinnamon Cream. Set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium high heat.
  5. Add the pears, cinnamon, and syrup and saute for 3 minutes, until fragrant and warm.
  6. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and pomegranate arils.
  7. Spoon fruit mixture on top of prepared baguette using a slotted spoon and then lightly drizzle the tops with a small amount of the syrup mixture.
  8. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

6 ounces of cinnamon cream cheese will also work if you can't find Laughing Cow® Smooth Sensations Cinnamon Cream.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 358Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 25mgSodium 450mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 4gSugar 25gProtein 9g

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Samantha

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Can these be served cold?

Katie

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

If you want to. If you can't serve them warm, I think letting the pear and pomegranate come to room temperature would be ideal vs. serving it chilled straight from the fridge.

Felicia

Tuesday 20th of November 2018

Hi there!  I’m excited to try these for Thanksgiving.  I was wondering if I could make the topping the day before and reheat it before serving.

Katie

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Yes, definitely! Enjoy - Happy Thanksgiving!

Savita @ ChefDeHome

Tuesday 17th of February 2015

love the use cinnamon with pears! perfect winter appetizer!

Harriet

Thursday 12th of February 2015

check out the ingredient list for butter. Which is it one tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, or a combination thereof? The recipe sounds delightful but I would want to get the proper amount of butter before I started it. Thank you very much!

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 17th of February 2015

apologies for the typo. it has been fixed

Monica

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Would these taste good cold?