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Pear Arugula Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

Megan Ostler and Michelle Alley

TOTAL TIME:20 minutes

This appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Toasted bread topped with goat cheese, arugula, pear, and drizzled with a balsamic glaze—is your mouth watering yet? While each element of this crostini has its own distinct flavor they all compliment one another very well for an explosion of flavor in your mouth.

The toasted bread adds a delicious crunch and the perfect base for these amazing toppings. You can choose whatever type of bread that you desire but we highly suggest french bread or a baguette. If you select a french bread we recommend cutting it in half so that you can manage it easily. We added a cool, creamy goat cheese and a peppery arugula. Goat cheese is very spreadable much like cream cheese, but it has a stronger and tangier flavor. One serving of goat cheese contains 6 grams of protein and also has nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and copper which promote bone health. This crostini is also topped with a juicy sweet pear and a balsamic glaze. The balsamic glaze is really what elevates this appetizer from ordinary to extraordinary by adding an intense flavor of both sweet and tangy.

To allow for the appropriate amount of browning it is best to brush the bread with a fat. We used olive oil instead of butter for a healthier fat. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats that are known for many benefits such as reducing inflammation. While healthy fats are a better option than saturated fats they are still high in calories. These crostinis are an appetizer so we wanted to make sure that we weren’t overdoing it with calories. Instead of brushing olive oil onto the slices of bread, we used an olive oil cooking spray. This allowed for a very even coating of olive oil as well as keeping the bread from soaking up too much oil.

PREP TIME:15 minutes
COOK TIME:5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:20 minutes
SERVES:16
Ingredients

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          Nutrition per serving
          190 CALS
          9 G
          18 G
          9 G
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          AMOUNT PER SERVING% DAILY VALUE
          Calories
          190 (80 from fat)
          Total fat
          9g
          Saturated fat
          6g
          Cholesterol
          20mg
          Sodium
          290mg
          Carbohydrate
          18g
          dietary fiber
          1g
          sugar
          3g
          Protein
          9g
          Directions
          1. Turn your oven to broil. Then, take 16 slices of your choice of bread and spray with one side of olive oil cooking spray.
          2. Place on a cookie sheet and broil for about a minute or until golden brown.
          3. Top each bread with 2 tablespoons of goat cheese, ¼ cup of arugula, 2 thin slices of pear and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of balsamic glaze. Repeat with each slice. Serve and enjoy!
          Nutrition per serving
          190 CALS
          9 G
          18 G
          9 G
          SEE MORE
          AMOUNT PER SERVING% DAILY VALUE
          Calories
          190 (80 from fat)
          Total fat
          9g
          Saturated fat
          6g
          Cholesterol
          20mg
          Sodium
          290mg
          Carbohydrate
          18g
          dietary fiber
          1g
          sugar
          3g
          Protein
          9g

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