Grilled Pear and Curly Parsley Crostini

Curly parsley is more than just a deli tray or dinner plate decoration. It has a wonderfully fresh and bitter flavor that works especially well with naturally sweet foods, like the red pears on these party-friendly crostini. The drips and dribbles of honey enhance the parsley flavor, too, making these easy toasts a hand-grabbing favorite.

Ingredients

  • Eight ¼-inch slices of ciabatta or bone bread
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Eight ¼-inch slices of red or Bosc pear, skin on
  • ⅓ cup Josie’s Organics curly parsley leaves, stems removed
  • 3 Tablespoons wildflower or orange honey
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Serves 8

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°.

Lay bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush evenly with some of the melted butter. Place in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a large plate and set aside.

Heat a grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush pear slices with remaining butter. Lay them in the grill pan and cook each side 4-5 minutes until they are tender and have grill marks.

Evenly arrange pear slices on bread. Add 2-3 leaves of parsley on top of the pear. Gently squeeze lemon over each slice. Drizzle the crostini with honey. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Add a twist of black pepper to finish.

Arrange on a platter or cake stand and serve.

Dress it Up

To mix things up a little and appeal to different tastes, add shaves of nutty, manchego cheese, or bits of English Stilton. Toasted pecans or walnuts would be a nice change up, too.

Nutritional Information

Calories
257
Total Fat
6g
Saturated Fat
4g
Carbohydrates
37g
Sugar
8g
Protein
5g
Fiber
2g
Sodium
281mg