Put together an easy and healthy appetizer for a party. Slices of pear serve as a cracker topped with crispy pancetta and whipped honey goat cheese with cracked black pepper, Pear Goat Cheese Pancetta Appetizer Bites.
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I adore these Healthy Pear Goat Cheese Pancetta Appetizer Bites and have been making them for our Christmas party for years now. I’ve been meaning to give you the recipe for a while, but I had not gotten the chance to take photographs of them. These are really simple to make and can even be made ahead of time. I will slice the pears the day before, stack them up and tightly wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator. The whipped honey goat cheese can also be made a day ahead. I like to assemble them the morning of the party. Right before serving, I’ll use my pepper mill to cover these beauties with fresh cracked black pepper, and they are done.
Our Christmas party is an all appetizer party for 30 to 40 people. Man, it is a lot of work, but I love it. I have to start the menu and cooking in October. That is why I thought about this recipe. Don’t worry, these are not going to sit in my refrigerator for two months. They were devoured within 24 hours. They are on my list for this year, too. I’ll also be making Lumpia, Baked Spicy Salmon Rangoons and many more recipes.
While we have some favorites that have to be made every year like, Shrimp Toast (absolutely nothing healthy or light about them), I love to try a lot of new recipes. Every “party guru” gives advice to never try a new recipe on guests, but that is advice I like to ignore. I like to live on the wild side and try something new. What fun! These Pear Goat Cheese Pancetta Appetizer Rounds are a recipe you can feel secure in serving to guests. Everyone will love these deliciously, sweet, salty and peppery bites.
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Healthy Pear Goat Pancetta Cheese Appetizer Bites
- 12 slices thin of pancetta about 3 oz.
- 1 Bartlett pear
- 2 oz goat cheese with honey* softened
- 1 oz whipped yogurt cream cheese softened
- Fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 450*. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place pancetta onto baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp and golden brown.
Place pancetta on a paper towel to drain.
In a small bowl, stir together goat cheese and cream cheese.
Starting at the bottom of the pear, slice crosswise into 12 thin slices. Using a pairing knife** core each slice of pear.
Place on a platter.
Top with a slice of pancetta.
Place a dollop of the goat cheese mixture on top.
Liberally sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper.
If you cannot find goat cheese with honey, add 1/4 to 1 tsp. of honey to regular goat cheese
*I find it easier to use a large decorative frosting tip to core the pear
I calculated 2 Weight Watcher Smart Points
Adapted from Southern Living
Happy Healthy Eating,
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