This simple, yet fancy Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pear Appetizer is sure to impress your guests. This savory pear appetizer is light and served cold so it can be prepped ahead of time.
Fancy Appetizers Can Be Simple
This past year has been rough because I could not entertain like I want to. We have had a few outside gatherings, and I have made plenty of food for my immediate family. But I really missed cooking for a large crowd during the holidays and doing my normal entertaining.
Many of the parties I have hosted in the past have an appetizer theme. I like to serve several hot and cold appetizers, chips and dip, a vegetable plate and some desserts. Add a signature cocktail, some wine and soda. Now we have ourselves a good party.
I am all about the appetizers. While many people favor a main course or sweets for dessert, I am happy eating several appetizers for dinner. I'm also always up for inviting friends over and having some cocktails, and over the years, I have learned that fancy appetizers don't have to require a lot of work.
When it comes to appetizers, I like to choose quality ingredients, so the flavors shine through. This blue cheese appetizer is a classic example of an appetizer that's fancy without a lot of work.
I also like to have my guests serve themselves, so I can enjoy being with my friends. The appetizers are served buffet style on my island, where everyone seems to hang out. Prosciutto and blue cheese savory pear appetizer bites are a perfect fancy appetizer that takes only a few minutes to make. No special equipment or stove is needed. They are easy to eat, especially when watching TV. These can be made in advance, and my low-carb friends love me!
Ingredients Needed for this Savory Pear Recipe
- Pear - Look for a juicy but firm pear.
- Blue cheese - Look for whole blue cheese rather than crumbles. If you are not a fan of blue cheese, feta cheese and goat cheese both make excellent substitutes for a blue cheese appetizer.
- Prosciutto - Sliced into 2-inch strips long enough to wrap around the pear and cheese.
- Balsamic glaze - Cook balsamic vinegar over medium heat until it has reduced by half (about 30 minutes). Store any leftover glaze in the fridge and use it within two weeks.
Tips for Making Pear Appetizers
- Gently press on the neck of a pear to check for ripeness. It should give slightly but still have some firmness.
- Leave unripe pears on the counter and check daily for ripeness.
- Once ripe, move pears to the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Never refrigerate an unripe pear.
- When using in appetizers, cut slices evenly. It is not necessary to remove the skins.
- If you plan to slice the pear in advance, dip the slices in a 1:1 mixture of water and lemon juice to slow the browning/oxidation process.
- Find more tips at USA Pears.
More Fancy Appetizers
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- Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps (Frico)
- Greek Shrimp Skewers
- French Onion Phyllo Cups
- Date Night Charcuterie via Krazy Kitchen Mom
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Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pear Appetizer
- 1 large pear
- 4 ounces good quality blue cheese
- 3 to 4 ounces thin sliced Prosciutto cut into 2 inch strips
- balsamic glaze
- Slice the pear in half and remove core and seeds. Slice into about 20 small wedges.
- Cut cheese into about 16 to 20 small strips. Place a piece of cheese on each pear wedge. Wrap with a thin slice of Prosciutto.
- Place all the pear wedges on a plate then drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
First Published February 2017 ; Last Updated April 2021