Monday, September 16, 2013

Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Bites

These delicious little bites can be made for just about any occasion, and the filling is super versatile! This filling can be used with the Filo cups like I use in the recipe, or you could also substitute puff pastry to make a giant tart, or top naan bread with it for a great pear and Gorgonzola pizza! Be creative with it!

2 Bosc pears - peeled, cored and halved
1 large Vidalia onion, diced finely
1/2 cup good quality Gorgonzola cheese (or more if you like, just be careful it's salty!)
1 TBS Olive oil
1 pinch crushed red pepper
2 packages Filo cups (found in freezer section next to regular filo dough)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to Roast 400

In a lidded casserole dish place your pears and just enough water to cover the bottom of your pan. Make sure your pears are all laying flat on the bottom of the pan for even roasting. Sprinkle pears with 1 pinch of salt, cover with lid for 15 mins, then uncover and roast for 15 more mins or until golden brown and tender.

When pears are finished allow to cool slightly then dice into 1/4" chunks

While your pears are cooking add olive oil and onions to sautée pan. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and crushed red pepper on top. Cook over medium heat for about 5 mins, until onions are heated through, then lower heat very low and cook Until onions are golden brown and translucent.

Line a cookie sheet with the Filo cups. Fill each Filo cup 1/4 of the way with onions, then top with diced pears and Gorgonzola. Pop back Into the oven for approximately 5 mins, or until cheese is melted and cups are crispy. Enjoy!!

*Note: these can be made a couple of hours in advance, just fill the cups inside the packaging they come in, cover and refrigerate, then place in oven right before you're ready to serve.

*Shortcut: If you don't have 30 mins for your pears to roast you can always dice them up and sautee them with your onions. They don't look as pretty but taste just as good!