Wine Poached Pears & Almond Chevre Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres
These wine poached pears & almond chevre bites are amazing gluten free holiday appetizers that you're guests are going to love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 people
- 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 large strips of lemon rind
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 pears peeled and cut into about 8 balls each using a melon baller
- 3/4 cup soft reduced fat chevre
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted and finely minced
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries finely minced
Put the Sauvignon Blanc, water, honey, lemon rind, juice, peppercorns, and cinnamon into a small saucepot and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the honey has dissolved, reduce the heat to medium low and add in the pears. Simmer for 3-6 minutes, depending on the softness of your pears until they are slightly softened but not falling apart. Allow them to cool to luke warm in the syrup.
Meanwhile, roll the chevre into 16 balls, about 2 teaspoons of chevre each.
Put the sliced almonds and cranberries together in a shallow dish and roll the chevre into the mixture.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to a dish and thread one onto a toothpick, going all of the way through. Then add a chevre ball onto the end of the toothpick and transfer to a serving platter or plate. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.