Today’s recipe feature begins a series of holiday appetizers – Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear. This is a delicious salty-sweet appetizer with a touch of savory. Oven baked pancetta rests a top a juicy slice of pear and is then finished with a bit of goat cheese, a drizzle of honey, pepper and a hint of fresh thyme. Healthy and joyous eating!
Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear (Recipe courtesy Sheri Castle)
- 12 thin slices pancetta (about 1/3 lb.)
- 1 Bartlett pear
- ½ (4-oz.) package goat cheese, crumbled
- Freshly ground pepper
- Fresh thyme sprigs
Arrange pancetta slices in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 450° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack using a spatula. Let stand 10 minutes or until crisp.
Core pear with an apple corer. Cut pear crosswise into 12 thin rings. Arrange on a serving platter. Top evenly with pancetta and goat cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with honey just before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme. Serving yield = six servings.