Grilled Pear Tart Appetizer
Makes approx. 48 Appetizers
4 Pears, sliced
3-4 Tablespoons, Honey
3 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
1 Sheet, Puff Pastry
2 Containers (10 oz.), Soft/Spreadable Brie Cheese
Preheat grill. Slice pears into thick slices (about 7-8 slices per pear). Place the pear slices onto a large plate (skin side down). Drizzle about 1/2 of the honey over the pears and sprinkle about 1/2 of the fresh rosemary over them.
Grill the pears on both sides to get nice grill marks on them and until the pears are slightly soft to tough, about a few minutes per side. Remove them from the grill. Set aside to cool. Once slightly cooled, I cut them smaller (just slightly smaller than the puff pastry squares that you will cut and peel off the skin.
Roll out the puff pastry to make it slightly bigger, trying to keep it uniform in size (keep it in a rectangular shape with straight lines). Cut strips and then squares out of the puff pastry. You should end up with bite size squares. Place a Silpat sheet onto a baking sheet or use some parchment paper. Using a spoon, top each square with a small dollop of Brie Cheese (about 1/2 teaspoon). Then top each with some pear. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge until ready to bake/serve. They can be made ahead, even the night before and then just pop into the oven right before your guests arrive.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the pear appetizers for approx. 8-10 minutes, just until the puff pastry becomes nice and golden and crispy. Remove from oven, transfer the pear appetizers to a platter, drizzle with the remaining honey and garnish with the remaining Rosemary.
Mangia! Enjoy! Your guests will not be able to get enough of these so it’s great to have extra!
Grilling the Pears: I have made a couple different versions of this appetizer. I have made these on the puff pastry and I have also made them on toasted bread (curettes). Typically when making these, I will grill the pears the day before. Once the pears are cooled you can simply cover the plate or place the pears into a container to store them and let them sit on the counter.
Cheese: I used a Brie cheese in this recipe since I was able to find one that was soft and spreadable. You can use any cheese you like but try to find one that melts nicely. The Brie cheese is a nice combo with the grilled pears. This cheese is somewhat mild in flavor and the pears get nice and sweet from grilling them and adding honey. The rosemary is a nice balance to give it a savory flavor.