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Ham, Gorgozola and Pear Crostini

Ham, Gorgozola and Pear CrostiniCrostini means "little toasts" in Italian. With their wonderful savory and sweet flavors, these crostini make a good addition to a winter party buffet...or anytime!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package finely chopped ready-to-eat ham (about 2 cups)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15.25-ounce) can Bartlett pears in heavy syrup, drained and finely chopped
1/3 cup (3 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 loaf French bread or 3 to 4 French sandwich rolls
1/3 cup olive oil
Green onion slices for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine ham, cream cheese, pears, cheese, onion and pepper; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.
  2. Slice French bread into 1/4-inch slices. Place in single layer on a baking sheet. Brush both sides of each slice with some of the olive oil.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 6 minutes per side or until toasted and golden brown. Remove from oven to cool on wire rack.
  4. When ready to serve, spoon about 1 tablespoon ham mixture on each toasted bread slice. Garnish with green onion slices.

Makes 36 to 40 appetizer servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of and www.porkbeinspired.com and www.eatcannedpears.com, through ECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.