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Author Notes: These are simple but sort of fancy, and great for fall cocktail party! I top little toasts with pears, bleu cheese, sage, walnuts, and salted maple caramel... it's all kinds of sweet and salty and nutty in one bite! - Loves Food Loves to Eat
Makes about 20 crostinis
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 pinch good flakey sea salt
- 1 large pear, diced small
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons crumbled bleu cheese
- 4-5 large sage leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 splash fresh lemon juice
- fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 baguette, sliced in thin rounds, each lightly toasted
- Make caramel: Add butter, brown sugar, syrup, and sea salt to a small, heavy bottomed pot, and heat over medium-high, stirring the whole time, until everything is melted and bubbly and mixed together. Taste and add more salt if desired. Set aside
- Toss together pears through black pepper, and top baguette rounds with mixture.
- Stick under broiler until cheese is melted, for just a minute or so (keep your eye on it).
- Drizzle caramel on crostinis.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Walnuts