Inevitably, hosting a party while executing the recipes and presentations can be wildly daunting. But when stirring up a soirée, I choose manageable and memorable recipes that amp up the traditions while complementing the gathering at hand. Small bites, such as my Asian pear tartines, surprise guests due to their simple steps yet show-stopping displays and flavors.
This appetizer epitomizes ease for both the hostess and the guest. Make-ahead brioche toasts hold ingredients such as a sharp, stinky bleu cheese, which can hold out on the buffet throughout cocktail hour without requiring re-heating or cooling. I pair the crisp Asian pear topper with a crisp, refreshing glass of Mountain Valley sparkling water.
1 loaf Brioche, sliced and halved into squares
1 Asian pear, cored and thinly sliced
Bunch of fresh thyme
Honey, to garnish
Sea salt, to garnish
1. Place brioche slices on a baking sheet and toast on 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
2. While slices are still warm, spread each with Cambozola. To serve, top each with a slice of pear, a sprig of thyme, drizzled honey, and sea salt.
This recipe is brought to you by Mountain Valley Spring Water. Thank you for being supportive of my sponsors!