Crostini with Gorgonzola or Brie, Caramelized Onions and Pear


We were headed to our friends house on the Trask River last weekend and my wonderful friend Currié offered to make all the meals (don’t I have great friends?). I wanted to pitch in a little bit so I offered to make an appetizer for Saturday night. While looking for great recipe ideas on my favorite food blogs, I stumbled upon this tasty looking recipe from Prudy at Prudence Pennywise. Prudy has a wonderful food blog that gives you great ways to make a delicious meal without spending a fortune. It was crostini topped with brie, caramelized onions and pear. They looked so pretty and I love all the ingredients so I was very excited to try these tasty treats. When I was shopping for the ingredients I decided to get a lower fat brie (won’t do that again). It wasn’t bad but it was fairly bland. Next time I will get double or triple cream brie because it’s so creamy, delicious and worth the extra calories. I also saw some beautiful Gorgonzola cheese and decided to try two variations of this appetizer. I love Gorgonzola with onions and pear so I knew it would be great too. I can’t tell you how easy they were to make and how delicious they tasted. They were a huge hit with everyone – I personally couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you Prudy for an excellent recipe.

  • 1 large baguette, sliced into thin slices
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, diced into thick slices
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Brie cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1-2 pears. sliced very thin
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the baguette into thin slices, place on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced onions and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once they are caramelized, add sea salt to taste and minced garlic. Stir frequently for 60 seconds then remove from heat.

Spread either brie or Gorgonzola over the crostini then add some caramelized onion and top with thin slices of pear. Garnish with parsley and eat. Enjoy.

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38 Responses to “Crostini with Gorgonzola or Brie, Caramelized Onions and Pear”

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    Cheryl — October 13, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    Man oh Man that looks good, my mouth is watering!

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    *Priscilla* — October 13, 2008 @ 3:37 am

    what a yummy looking appetizer! the pear on top looks extra good!

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    noble pig — October 13, 2008 @ 3:49 am

    Oh my, what a perfect starter! I can only imagine the flavors going on here…perfect for this time of year!

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    soulchocolate — October 13, 2008 @ 4:26 am

    Don’t you just love open faced sandwiches! I know i do, stack em up with all that juicy goodness….never can have enough onions;-)

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    Paula — October 13, 2008 @ 5:53 am

    Okay, you can come eat here any ole time and bring these babies with you! These look scrumptious. I love the combo of flavors … the onion and the 2 cheese plus the fruit. I would enjoy this anytime. Good stuff always comes on a baguette! Double YUM!

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    Beth — October 13, 2008 @ 7:26 am

    These look so good. I want one right now

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    Happy cook — October 13, 2008 @ 8:34 am

    So delicious looking, i am gonna make this next time when i have guest to give with drinks

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    Katherine Aucoin — October 13, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    I am definitely making this, I am a big time brie lover. Noather reason to love the cooler weather…brie!

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    Zesty Cook — October 13, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

    WOW – This is amazing. Your picture captures everything. Great post. I am stumbling this!

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    Prudy — October 13, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    Oh hooray! I’m so glad that you made them and liked them too. Honestly, the next time I make them I’m going to skip the itty bitty bread and go for a sandwich! I ate way too many!

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    recipes2share — October 13, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    This would make a great lunch – I don't make anything too complicated if it's just me & this fits the bill!

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    Lisa — October 13, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

    Looks fabulous! I saw low fat brie last week and I’m glad I passed it up now that you have said it was bland.

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    Adam — October 13, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    Mmmm isn’t pear season great? Those make some perfect appetizers, and brie cheese sounds perfect. Thanks for letting me know to avoid the lower fat guy, I guess he’s lacking :)

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — October 13, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    What a great combination – looks so tasty.

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    Food For Tots — October 13, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    It is indeed an easy and healthy treat! Looks so yummy.

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    wütende Bäckerfrau — October 13, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    thanks for the visit to my blog, and wow! these look great. makes me want to reach out and eat one myself!

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    Marjie — October 13, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

    I guess “crostini” is Italian for great looking snack food on bread, eh? It’s so hard to get good pears, but I’ll bet apples would be just as good, wouldn’t they?

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    nicole — October 13, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Anything with cheese dripping down the sides is good. Right?

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    Live.Love.Eat — October 13, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    WOW!! I wish I could have those for lunch right now. Beautiful really!!!

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    Aggie — October 13, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    What an elegant and delicious looking appetizer!! I’m with Prudy about making it into a sandwich!! :)

    I’ve got your Carne Asado Tacos on the menu this week! Yum, can’t wait!

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    Manggy — October 13, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

    I think I could be satisfied eating *just* that the entire party! ;)

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    The Blonde Duck — October 13, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

    Those look wonderful! What a perfect appetizer. Prudy’s recipes are always a winner in my book.

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    Bridgett — October 13, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    This is one of my favorite starters for a dinner party. It always goes over as a big hit. Yours look especially delicious in the last pic with the close up of the caramelized onions!

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    Lucy — October 13, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    Great flavors here, and just perfect appetizer…. and Prudy rocks!!

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    Usha — October 13, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

    Looks simple and delicious…a perfect appetizer :-)

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    Any Little Reason — October 13, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    I’m drinking a glass of wine, staring at this photo and wishing I had the entire plate in front of me – what an amazing combination!

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    Kelly — October 13, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

    oh that look so yummy

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    *Priscilla* — October 13, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

    hi pam – i have an award for you on my blog!

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    Jan — October 13, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    I love this combination, what a great appetizer.

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    Joe Horn — October 14, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    The picture looks beautiful. We make a version of this for caterings at the restaurant. Love it!

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    Cheri Sicard — October 14, 2008 @ 12:42 am

    This looks awesome. Bet it would be great with Granny Smith apple too.

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    rubybean77 — October 14, 2008 @ 1:59 am

    I LOVE cheese! I’m totally going to try this! I am going to get some stilton at Costco! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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    mikky — October 14, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    what a great appetizer!!! :) btw, i finally added you to my favorite reads…

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    Grace — October 14, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    i’m not typically an appetizer kind of person (gotta save room for dessert), but this is awesome! in fact, it could probably double as dessert, which makes it a-ok in my book. :)

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    ncfoodie — October 14, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous recipe. I think I’ll make these for Thanksgiving as starter. Mmmm.

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    Kevin — October 15, 2008 @ 2:57 am

    What a great combo of flavours on this crostini!

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    HoneyB — October 15, 2008 @ 8:20 am

    All I need for this are the pears and gorgonzola and I’m going to be ready to much on these! Looks so delicious!zs

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    Stacey Snacks — October 15, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    I am adding this crostini recipe to my repetoire, and also adding your blog to my food blog roll!
    Stacey

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