My family love crostinis. They are perfectly bite-sized and have endless possibility for toppings. These Sauteed Onion, Pear and Bacon Crostinis are a lovely balance of salty, sweet and savory flavours. All of the individual pieces of this can be pre-made and assembled just before serving.
250g bacon, cooked and cut crosswise into small lardons
2 large pears, thinly sliced
3 large white onions, thinly sliced
4 tbs butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs thyme
350g gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
Place oven on broil. Cut the baguette into diagonal 1/2 inch slices. Arrange slices on baking sheet and toast in oven. Watch carefully so they don’t burn. Flip slices once lightly toasted on top (pale brown in colour) to toast the other side.
In a large skillet, melt 2 tbs butter on medium-low heat. Add sugar, salt and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, about 10 mins. Do not let the onions become crispy. Set aside.
In another large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbs butter on medium heat. Add the pears and sauté, stirring occasionally, until soft and slightly browned, remove from heat.
Layer each crostini with a layer of caramelized onions, about 1/2 tsp bacon, a sprinkle of thyme, and two slices of pear. Top with a slice of gruyere. Place assembled crostinis on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese has melted. Let cool slightly and serve.