wine poached pears

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!
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 170kcal
Author Abbey Sharp


  • 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.


Calories: 170kcal