Perfect party food. Crispy crostini tipped with gooey Brie cheese, sauteed onions, pears and pine nuts.
Today, I’m sharing a a great appetizer that would be perfect for a cheese and wine party or just an intimate date night. The star of the party will definitely be this Brie Crostini with Caramelized Onions, Pears and Pine Nuts. It’s an elegant crostini made with the perfect, creamy Brie and topped with caramelized onions and pears and pine nuts.
The flavor palate of this appetizer is delightful. Caramelized onions go wonderfully with a slightly sweet pear and creamy cheese. Pine nuts just bring it all together in the end. Like I mentioned in my Cheese and Wine post, I prefer to cut off the rind and leave the soft, perfect Brie to work with. It is exactly what I did here.
Brie Crostini w/ Caramelized Onions, Pear and Pine Nuts
- 10 slices baguette about 1/4 inch
- 4 oz Brie cheese rind cut off
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1/3 cup diced pear
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Brush the baguette slices with a little bit of olive oil and bake them for about 8 minutes. Take them out and set aside.
- Lower the temperature to 375.
- In a small pan, saute sliced onion on medium-high heat, until it starts to golden. Add the diced pears and saute for a couple more minutes. Mix in pine nuts and set aside.
- Lay the crostini on a baking sheet, toasted side up and sprinkle with some salt.
- Thinly slice the cheese and divide among the crostini, on the toasted side.
- Divide the onion/pear mixture among the crostini.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes.
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Kathryn Corrigan says
I just offered this appetizer to my New Year’s Eve guests and they devoured it. I added a bit more to the recipe; I added a few Craisins to the top for color and a short drizzle of white balsamic vinegar as well. I also sauteed the pine nuts in butter before adding them. What a show stopper recipe.