Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese and Bacon

April 21, 2009

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I think I’ve found the recipe of my dreams. When I went to my parents’ house for Easter a couple weeks ago, I wanted to make an hors d’oeuvr, but something that I had never made before. And something that wasn’t typical. I searched for a recipe that would be semi-easy, unique, and delicious, and immediately started drooling when I laid eyes on this one. Roasted baby pears with herbed goat cheese. And bacon. Done. Coincidentally, I had some goat cheese in my fridge sent from Ile de France, so I was good to go!

Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese (and bacon):

  • 1/2 lb. goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed herbs (I used fresh chopped parsley and dried thyme)
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 baby pears (I couldn’t find “baby” pears, so I simply used small anjou pears)
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 T honey
  • Arugula for garnish (I didn’t do this part, but it would have been a really nice touch)

In a bowl, mix your goat cheese, chopped herbs, and 2 T olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut your pears in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds and core. You can leave the stem on; I like the way it looks.

Now stuff each pear with the goat cheese filling. I filled them until they were overflowing, because the more goat cheese, the better, obviously!

Wrap a slice of bacon around each pear. The recipe actually called for the bacon slices to be cut in half but I conveniently forgot to read that part. Plus my pears were a bit bigger than the recipe called for, so a whole slice of bacon was totally necessary.

Drizzle some olive oil on the pears and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then pop them in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp, at 375 degrees. I kept mine in the oven for the whole 30 minutes.

Plate and then drizzle the pears with honey. I definitely wish I had put the pears on top of arugula like the recipe called for because it would have complimented the flavors really nicely. Plus, the pears are so pretty and the arugula would make them even prettier. But they still looked lovely on my mom’s pretty heart plates.

Basically, these pears were amazing. I absolutely loved the juiciness of the pear, combined with the sharpness of the goat cheese and the deliciousness of the bacon. The flavors were out of control!

I will definitely be making these again and absolutely love this idea for a super easy (really!) and quick hors d’oeuvr for a dinner or party. Everyone said they were a little skeptical of the combination at first and didn’t know whether they were going to be sweet or savory. Well, it was pretty much an amazing combination of the two and everyone loved them!

They were a fabulous start to a dinner that included ham and lamb that my parents made and tiramisu made by my sister for dessert. I absolutely love having a family who cooks amazing food and enjoys the food I make; it makes going home that much more fun!

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30 Responses to "Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese and Bacon"

  1. redheadedjournal says:

    Looks great! I’ll have to try it with vegetarian bacon!

  2. ttfn300 says:

    wow, way to knock it outta the park 🙂

  3. alexa - cleveland's a plum says:

    holy shit those look amazing.

  4. Sara says:

    those look great, sus!

  5. SteamyKitchen says:

    hey now THAT is gorgeous!

  6. Quinn says:

    Those look fabulous – and great for a party!

  7. Mike says:

    Looks great! I’ll have to make these!

  8. Jaime and Jen DISH says:

    OMG, yum!!!! I love all of these flavors and have a salad that I put them in but this looks even better…you get your salty and your sweet fix all at the same time. Thanks!

  9. Cate O'Malley says:

    Oh man does that sound good! Saw a burger recipe the other day that was roasted pears, pancetta and melted brie – yum!

  10. CookiePie says:

    Oh YUM — these look fanTAStic!!!! Perfect flavor combo!

  11. Kelly says:

    I love the combo of sweet and savory so those sound fantastic to me.

  12. Marta says:

    Hahaha I like the name of your site! I just found it and I’m loving it! I especially like this recipe, which combines two of my favourite ingredients: pears and goats cheese. I always eat them together as a posh snack (when I’m feeling fancy) but I had never thought of roasting them! Will try it soon!
    Congrats on the site, it looks great!

  13. Kate says:

    Um, YUM! Trust me when I say (write) I will be making these very soon!

  14. Kevin says:

    Roasted pears stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon! How great is that?

  15. MRhé says:

    Those look very tasty. And they remind me that I haven’t had bacon in a long time…

  16. Jaime says:

    what an interesting combo – it looks amazing!

  17. Ben says:

    You have given me an idea for dinner tonight, love the combination of flavors! 😀

  18. ~Madeline~ says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa….I’m not even sure what to say about those. Except that they are FABULOUS!!! I am so making these at my next dinner party.

  19. RebeccaC says:

    WOW! Somebody invite me to a dinner party so I can show these puppies off! What an genius idea.

  20. Darius T. Williams says:

    Looks amazing of course…and with bacon – yes!

  21. Dish This! says:

    my favorite line: “The recipe actually called for the bacon slices to be cut in half but I conveniently forgot to read that part.” hahah made me laugh. these look awesome, must try!

  22. Cara says:

    I definitely agree with the more goat cheese the better! Nice blog.

  23. Louise says:

    Oh, so I never would have conjured this up in my own little mind, but boy do they sound perfect! Sweet, salty, and um, bacon! Can’t wait to give these a go.

  24. Single Serving says:

    HOLY CRAP!!!! Need to take a cold shower now!

  25. Christina says:

    saw these last year on Food Network…made them thanksgiving ’08..yumz

  26. ziege schaf says:

    I really love goat cheese it is really delicous. Most of the time I eat it as a dessert or use it to make a salsa.

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  28. KDavis says:

    Came across this same recipe and want to make for Thanksgiving! How soon after baking did you serve?

  29. These look like a great desert for Thanksgiving!

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