Stuffed Roasted Pears Appetizer with Bacon, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

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Be sure to serve this Stuffed Roasted Pears Appetizer on a bed of arugula to add vibrant color to your festive dinner table. The pears are filled with blue cheese, bacon, and walnuts and an absolute taste sensation. 

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Stuffed Roasted Pears Appetizer

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Roasted pears are a delicious and versatile recipe that can be easily adapted with your favorite flavors.

In this version, the pears are stuffed with bacon, blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and drizzled with a balsamic reduction for the perfect savory appetizer.

Other combos you could try are goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pecans; or Feta, pistachios, and dried figs.





You could serve two pear halves as a tasty light main dish if desired too.

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Roasted Pears Appetizer Ingredients

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinThick-Cut Bacon
  • Fresh ProduceBartlett or Williams Pears, Arugula
  • DairyBlue Cheese
  • Walnuts
  • Honeytry to buy locally produced honey when possible.
  • Balsamic Vinegar

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Roast Pears with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

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Recipe Tips

  • When cooking bacon in the microwave, for best results, place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels. Top with additional paper towels and microwave for approximately 4 minutes, or just until crispy. Actual time will vary by unit, so check after two minutes and adjust final cook time accordingly.

How Do I Make Stuffed Roasted Pears?

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Roasted Pears Appetizer Recipe

Stuffed Roasted Pears with Bacon, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Be sure to serve this Stuffed Roasted Pears Appetizer on a bed of arugula to add vibrant color to your festive dinner table.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz (85g) blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 large Bartlett or Williams pears
  • 3 Tbsp honey, divided
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups fresh arugula (rocket)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  2. Combine the blue cheese, crispy bacon, and chopped walnuts in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

    Pear Stuffing Mixture
  3. Cut the pears in half from stem to bottom and carefully scoop out seeds and inside flesh with a spoon to create a cavity. Do not cut all the way through to the outside while doing so.

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  4. Carefully slice off a small section on the backside, as shown, so the pear halves will sit flat while baking. Place in a baking dish and set aside.

    Back of Pear
  5. Roughly chop the removed pear flesh and add to the blue cheese mixture. Stir to combine and set aside.
  6. Drizzle the inside of the pears with half the honey and place the baking dish in the center of the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes, then remove the baking dish from the oven.
  7. Divide the blue cheese mixture equally between the pear halves and drizzle with the remaining honey. Return the baking dish to the oven for another 15 minutes, or until the blue cheese is completely melted and the pears are fork-tender.

    Stuffed Pears
  8. While the pears are roasting, heat the vinegar in a small skillet set over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until the vinegar thickens and is reduced to 1/3 of its original volume. Remove from heat and set aside.
  9. Remove baking dish from oven and cool slightly. Divide the arugula between six serving plates and top each with a stuffed pear. Drizzle with the warm balsamic glaze and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Roasted Stuffed Pear on Bed of Arugula

    Roasted Pears Appetizer Recipe

Notes

  1. Tip: For best results, place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels. Top with additional paper towels and microwave for approximately 4 minutes, or just until crispy. Actual time will vary by unit, so check after two minutes and adjust final cook time accordingly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 27gProtein: 8g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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