Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites

Pear Gorgonzola Bites

Pears and Gorgonzola are classic flavour pairings. These Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites are not your classic way to use them, however. Often they are baked together in a flatbread. Or tossed in a salad. These incredibly tasty little morsels are a different way to enjoy that delicious and classic combination.

Mini muffin pan of pear gorgonzola appetizer bites with two pears and a sprig of rosemary

Why Your Pears are Hard When You Buy Them

I was given a huge bag of pears, and it’s been a challenge figuring out what to do with them. Did you know that pears are one of the few fruits that get harvested unripe? If left on the tree to ripen, they ripen from the inside first, so by the time the outside is soft, the pear is overripe. That’s why they are always hard when you buy them in the store, and it’s a good idea to plan ahead when you need pears for a recipe.

Wooden plate of pear & gorgonzola mini muffins beside two pears and sprigs of rosemary

Here’s a Secret to Speed Up Ripening Your Pears

My pears are still unripe a week after harvest. So to speed it up a bit, I put some in a brown paper bag. Then popped a ripe apple in there with them. Another, “did you know”: apples release a ripening hormone, called ethylene, which helps to ripen other fruits around them. Nature is amazing. Viola, two days later I had pears that were the exact ripeness. I wanted them sweet, but still fairly firm for baking. For eating fresh, I would have left them in the bag for another day.

Nutritious Pears

Pears, like all raw fruits, are a great addition to any healthy diet. They’re high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Check out the health benefits of pears on Pears: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

These Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites

I was making these Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites for a gathering this Thanksgiving weekend. I was unsure of how they would turn out, so I did them a couple of days ahead of time. They turned out much better than I expected. Along with toasted walnuts, fresh rosemary, and black pepper, these little pear and Gorgonzola bites are a treat for the taste buds. In fact, we just couldn’t stop eating them. So I had to make another batch.

I baked these in mini muffin tins. They are crisp and golden on the outside with a tender interior. Adding a few grinds of black pepper balanced the saltiness of the cheese. The only sweetness comes from the pears, which keep their flavour even after baking. They are delicious warm from the oven, but just as good cold. And a perfect fall-inspired appetizer. Serve them alongside fresh grapes and a selection of more cheeses.

If like me, you still have a lot of pears after making these, you can try making some delicious Pear Jelly.

Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites

 

Pear Gorgonzola Bites

Colleen
Delicious Pear Gorgonzola Bites with Walnuts and Rosemary are savoury mini muffins that make perfect appetizers. Your guests will gobble these up.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 48
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts chopped
  • 3 medium pears peeled cored and chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 1/4 cup 2% milk or non-dairy milk, such as rice or almond milk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350Β° Unless using non-stick, lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, rosemary, and cheese
  • In another bowl combine milk, egg, butter, lemon juice, and pears
  • Add the milk/egg mixture to the dry ingredients, combining quickly with a few swift strokes so as not to overmix.
  • Use a tablespoon or a melon baller to fill muffin cups with batter
  • Bake in center of oven 15-20 minutes until golden
  • Cool slightly on a rack and serve warm, or allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge until serving

Notes

To reheat, wrap these in foil and put in a 200Β° oven until warmed through. Pear Gorgonzola Bites can be frozen in a sealed, airtight plastic bag or container for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 62mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 0.3mg
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Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites

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23 thoughts on “Pear Gorgonzola Appetizer Bites

  1. These are such perfect party pick-me-ups… I am saving these for the Finger-food-friday event we are going to have soon. I am thinking making assorted fruit flavours… Do you think apples and maybe pumpkin (its the season) would go well with the cheese pairing?

  2. They look so very good, I love the idea of pairing pears (see what I did there) and blue cheese like this, such a great little nibble!

  3. These bits are a perfect combination of ingredients, Colleen! Your pictures and recipe are making my mouth watery right now. πŸ˜‰

  4. Hey Colleen, came to check what you have been up to. Always inspiring to visit your blog. This recipe is a must try, love pear and Gorgonzola and it is so seasonal now. Also love your blog format, very nice.
    We are leaving for the winter soon. How did we miss getting together? Next summer for sure.

    1. Thanks for those kind words, Dina! So nice to have you pop in. Summer really seemed to fly by, didn’t it? Enjoy your winter; I’ll keep up with you through your blog! Yes, next summer for sure.

  5. Thanks for the pear tip! Didn’t know that. These bites are so great for fall and winter entertaining.. Love the pear and cheese combo!

  6. Hi Colleen, great reminder about the benefits of pears. I love blue cheese – sometimes going for the slightly milder Cambozola – and then there’s Quebec’s Bleu d’Elizabeth. Pressing print in a minute and hoping to make these in the weeks ahead. Thx for your creativity! Diane @kitchenblissca / FBC

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