A delicious fall appetizer to serve to your guests, or bring to a potluck or party, this Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer is seasonal and fresh!

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

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Friends, when I think about fall foods, it usually involves a tasty appetizer, some kind of comfort dish, and then a yummy dessert with apples or pears. Fall is comforting and just tastes so good.

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

It also sort of feels like an old friendship. My husband and I were recently in Portland visiting our longtime friends and their little kids. My husband and his friend have been besties since 7th grade, and they just turned 50! We went out to celebrate at a very FUN restaurant in southeast Portland, The American Local, which was quite the culinary experience. Some of us enjoyed baked squid (I did not, everyone else did, because I just can’t stomach squid), with produce-driven plates, and really yummy seasoned skewers. It was truly delightful, plus … when you’re with people you love, that takes dining UP a notch or two, doesn’t it?

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

This is what I love about the good people in our lives. When we head to a restaurant, or have them into our home for a meal, it’s just a safe place to be with friends. We ended up at Cafe Mingo (their signature dish recipe is on my blog, here) for dessert, and with 3 of us around the table at age 50 now, we talked about the second half of our lives.

This is friendship and loyalty at its deepest level–vulnerability, openness, honesty.

It also takes a good amount of intention to make a friendship last. It doesn’t just happen, but takes energy and planning. It’s not just waving “hi” through the internet on email or on Facebook. It takes intention to arrange, plan, and make getting together happen.

Making memories with people is a true gift.

What we enjoyed on this rainy, cold Portland evening was … unique.

In the meantime …

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

Enjoy this delicious pear appeitzer. Just like an apple, leave the skin on the pear.

Toast the baguette, add goat cheese (it will spread easily).

Mix with goat cheese, cranberries, and walnuts!

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer
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Pear Walnut Crostini Appetizer

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
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  • 8 oz. French bread baguette, sliced diagonally (about ½” thick)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup  goat cheese for spreading
  • 1 medium Bartlett pear, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. honey


  • Pre-heat the oven to HI broil. Place the baguette slices on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Broil for 1-3 minutes, until toasty. Remove from the oven.
  • Spread each toasted baguette slice with the soft goat cheese.
  • In a small bowl, combine the pear, cranberries, and walnuts. Add the honey; mix together. Divide the mixture evenly amongst the baguette slices and place on top of the cheese; serve!
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