Alright friends, I'm feelin' classy right now. Get this girl a glass of champagne or something in a martini glass already!
But seriously, I just bought two really awesome cocktail-party dresses, so I'd love an invite to your fancy autumn cocktail party. Okay, thanks.
And also, if you invite me, I might bring these fall crostinis with pears, bleu cheese, sage, walnuts, and salted maple caramel. It's all kinds of sweet and salty and nutty in one bite. You get that invitation in the mail, and I'll get these guys on a platter. Let's do this.
Pear & Bleu Crostini
Makes about 20 crostinis
1 large pear, diced small
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped or broken
1-2 tablespoons of crumbled bleu cheese
4-5 large sage leaves, thinly sliced
Spritz of fresh lemon juice
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 baguette, sliced in thin rounds, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Heavy pinch of good flaky sea salt
Toss together pears through black pepper, and top baguette rounds with mixture. Stick under broiler until cheese is melted, for just a minute or so (keep your eye on it).
Add butter, brown sugar, syrup, and sea salt to a small, heavy bottomed pot, and heat over medium-high, stirring the whole time, until everything is melted and bubbly and mixed together. Taste and add more salt if desired.
Drizzle caramel on top of crostini.