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Balsamic Pear & Bleu Cheese Bruschetta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Author Julie Espy {White Lights on Wednesday}


  • 1 fresh baguette loaf
  • 2 Bosc pears cored and thin sliced
  • 6 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Unsalted butter room temperature


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Slice off ends of baugette, then cut the rest of the loaf into 1" thick pieces - about 24 pieces. Spread butter over one side of each slice. Place bread, buttered side down, in heated skillet. Cook until golden and edges begin to brown. Repeat as needed until all bread is toasted.
  3. Turn oven broiler on high.
  4. Place toast on a large baking sheet, toasted side up. Top each bread slice with 1 tablespoon of bleu cheese. {You could also use sliced bleu cheese if you like. I just had crumbled.} Place baking sheet in oven and broil until cheese begins to soften and melt a bit. Remove from oven.
  5. While toasts cool, whisk together balsamic and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cool over medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to medium, stirring often. Cook until reduced by 1/3. The reduction will still be on the thin side, but sweetened just enough.
  6. Top each toast in a slice of pear, and drizzle with balsamic reduction.