Pear, Goat Cheese, and Pancetta Crisps Appetizer
Pear slices and pancetta crisps combine with goat cheese and a drizzle of spiced honey in this unique and simple party appetizer.
Servings 12 servings
- 12 slices thin pancetta
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 ripe but firm pear cut into 12 "1/4-inch" slices
- 4 oz soft goat cheese
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 425F.
Lay out the pancetta in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake until golden and crisp, 5-7 minutes. Transfer the pancetta crisps to a plate layered with paper towels.
While the pancetta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the pear slices and saute until golden brown, 2 minutes on each side.
Layer each pancetta crisp with a pear slice, then top with a teaspoon of goat cheese. Sprinkle the canapes with thyme and drizzle with honey.
The pancetta will crisp up more as they cool. Take them out when you think they might still be a little underdone.
Don't assemble these canapes ahead of time. The moisture in the pear slices and the cheese will soften the pancetta crisps. However, you can make all the elements ahead of time and just save the assembly to the last minute.
My Spiced Honey recipe is a great one for this recipe and can be used in place of the plain honey.
The pancetta crisps are fairly stiff when you first assemble the canapes; however, they can be a bit crumbly and will soften with time, so I do think that small appetizer plates are good to have on hand. Also, layering them onto crackers can help keep them stable and provide more structure.
I used a creamy, spreadable goat cheese. If you goat cheese is crumbly, mix it together with a little bit of milk. That will allow you to spoon it out onto the canapes.