Pear with goat cheese and proscuitto

A back lane dinner invitation and a promise to bring something nice brought me to a neighbourhood grocery store looking for ideas. “I’m looking for an appetizer that will make a great first impression,” I said. “Figs, goat cheese, basil, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar” was the reply. My neighbours never forgot the figs. Here, with figs out of season, we switched them up with pears.
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Pear with goat cheese and proscuitto

Recipe & Food Styling Mari Loewen. Photography Ross Cornish

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 3/4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 ripe pears, quartered
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


Combine goat cheese with chopped basil, place approximately 2 tablespoons on each piece of pear, and wrap with a slice of prosciutto. Place under a broiler or on an outdoor grill for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until prosciutto is golden. Combine balsamic vinegar with brown sugar and drizzle over wrapped pears. Serve immediately.