Roasted Pear and Blue Cheese Polenta Bites

Total Time
34 min
15 min
18 min
These appetizers have a delicious mix of sweet, salty and savory flavors. Make sure your pear is ripe but still firm or it will be difficult to slice.


cooking spray

4 spray(s)

raw Bosc pear(s)

2 large, or Anjou (ripe but firm)

fat free ready-to-eat polenta (in tube)

18 oz, sliced into 18 rounds

blue cheese

3 Tbsp, crumbled

chopped pecans

3 Tbsp, toasted


  1. Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Quarter pears lengthwise; cut each quarter into 9 pieces (you’ll end up with 36 pieces per pear).
  3. Place pears in a single layer on one prepared pan; place polenta rounds in a single layer on other pan and sprinkle with salt (optional). Lightly coat pears and polenta with cooking spray. Bake until polenta and pears are golden brown, 12-15 minutes; set pears aside.
  4. Top each polenta round with 1/2 tsp blue cheese; bake until cheese melts, 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven; top each with 4 pieces roasted pear and 1/2 tsp chopped pecans. Cool slightly before serving.
  5. Serving size: 1 canapé

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