“Pass the Prosciutto – Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese”


Disclaimer: Thanks to Parma Ham for sponsoring this post.

What a busy time of year!!!  Thanksgiving is already knocking at the door and Christmas will arrive soon, too.  Around this time of year people are traveling everywhere, shopping, planning, and preparing wonderful meals to share with family and friends…. And by the way, while we are on the subject of food– it is always good to keep something delicious at the ready, that you can whip up ASAP.  Do you think that because I am a Chef, I don’t keep an easy ace up my sleeve?  Oh yes, I do!  This year it will be none other than a festive, naturally gluten-free appetizer: Bruleed Pears  with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese.

Just thinking about these bruleed pears with prosciutto (also known as Parma ham) makes my mouth water and produces a big smile.  They are gorgeous, festive, and ridiculously easy and quick to make.  Our Bruleed pears with prosciutto are the ideal appetizer for entertaining guests without stressing out the cook.  I can already foresee the smile on your face!

Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese -- Holiday Appetizer

The only item that needs to be cooked is the cranberry sauce, which can be made in advance.  All that is needed for the rest is just assembly.  In these bruleed pears with prosciutto, you and your guests will be delighted by the contrast of differing textures (such as the crunchiness of the pears versus the softness of the cheese), as well as by the combination of different flavors: Tart from both the pears and cranberry sauce, sweet from the bruleed sugar, salty from the amazing prosciutto, and spicy from the pepper…

Our bruleed pears with prosciutto or Parma ham recipe is suitable for either Thanksgiving and Christmas due to its ingredients. I am telling you, this is one of the best “aces up your sleeve” that you could ever have…

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Happy Holidays!!!!



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"Pass the Prosciutto - Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese"
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A quick, delicious, and festive gluten-free appetizer to brighten your holiday table.
Recipe type: Appetizer (Gluten-free)
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 12
  • 3 fresh Asian pears
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
  • ¾ cup cranberry sauce
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Sprigs of thyme
  1. On a cutting board, slice pears to make 4 rounds from each pear. Remove the core from each round using a melon baller or sharp spoon.
  2. Dip pear slices into lemon juice diluted 1:10 with water to keep them from browning. Pat dry, place each round on a platter, and sprinkle ½ tablespoon of light brown sugar on top of each round. Using a culinary torch, brulée (brown) the sugar. Sprinkle a dash of pepper and top with a slice of prosciutto. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the cranberry sauce on top of each and sprinkle a little goat cheese on each piece. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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63 Responses to “Pass the Prosciutto – Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese”

  1. Juliana 18 November, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Yes, just the thought of tasting these bruleed pear with prosciutto makes me smile…the combination of the sweetness and crunchiness of the pear with the salty prosciutto is just perfect.
    Thanks for this simple and elegant recipe Denise…have a great week my dear 😀

  2. The Café Sucre Farine 18 November, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Looks delicious and so pretty Denise!

  3. Cquek 18 November, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    awesome, I love lots of goat cheese.

  4. Raymund 18 November, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Wow this is Masterchef quality!

  5. Sugar et al 19 November, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    I love this combination of sweet, salty and spicy. Looks pretty too! It’ll make an impressive appetizer for any occasion.

  6. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com 19 November, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    What a gorgeous dish! And what a wonderful medley of flavors!
    Thanks for sharing this Denise

  7. Shema | LifeScoops 19 November, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    This sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to me.. so classy !!! loved it !!!

  8. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 19 November, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    So festive!! LOVE all the layered and festive flavors 🙂

  9. Judy @Savoring Today 19 November, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Denise, this is fantastic. I am adding it to my Pinboard Fall Harvest Menu. I love using seasonal items and pears are just perfect right now. And I never need an excuse to use prosciutto or goat cheese, that is always in season at our house. Thanks for the beautiful appetizer idea. 🙂

  10. sallybr 19 November, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    What a classy appetizer! We just had a dinner party this past weekend, I wish I had offered this, it is a show stopper indeed!

    Maybe we can make it at Thanksgiving, but it will be just the two of us and two grad students, one of them a very picky eater (sigh)

    • Denise Browning 19 November, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      If you make it, you won’t regret it. I think half of the amount will be enough for all.

  11. Ash-foodfashionparty 19 November, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    So beautiful Denise. I pinned it the moment I saw it, a winning and fancy appetizer.
    All the flavors together works so beautifully. Loving it.

    • Denise Browning 19 November, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Thanks, my dear! I loved to eat them all by myself. :0

  12. Lail | With A Spin 19 November, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    I started salivating just by seeing the title when your new post email arrived on my phone this afternoon while at work. This is absolutely gorgeous, Denise. I’ll give it a try minus the prosciutto. Love it.

  13. Deb 20 November, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    What gorgeous little treats! Bursting with seasonal flavor and so easy to prepare this is just the type of recipe we all need during the holiday frenzy! I have my stash of homemade cranberry sauce just waiting for me to purchase the other ingredients!

  14. Coffee and Crumpets 20 November, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    A very festive and beautiful appetiser!

  15. Liz 20 November, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Both gorgeous and delicious! I love Parma ham…and this is such a lovely way to use it!

  16. Abbe @ Abbe's Cooking Antics 21 November, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Denise these look fabulous – and really festive. I would never have thought to use pears as a base, what a brilliant idea!

    • Denise Browning 21 November, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks, Abbe! Your visits always make me happy…

  17. Daniela 21 November, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    This is an amazing recipe,Denise!
    Love the combination of flavors and textures , it’ just a perfect balance 🙂

  18. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 21 November, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m a big (big!) lover of prosciutto so I am all over this recipe! Looks delicious!

  19. Kumar's Kitchen 22 November, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    elegant,fresh and gourmet dish…loved every ingredient as they all pair beautifully in this dish 🙂

    • Denise Browning 22 November, 2013 at 5:56 am #

      Thanks a lot, Kumar! I am glad that you like it…

  20. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) 22 November, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I am so glad I found your blog though a comment on Nazneen’s blog. I can tell I’m going to really enjoy your posts. And starting with this beautiful appetizer, I must make this one very soon. I’m on a pear and blue cheese kick right now, and love finding something new to do with my obsession. Pinned.

    • Denise Browning 22 November, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Welcome, Lea Ann! I hope you make this appetizer and enjoy as much as I did…

  21. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com 22 November, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Beautiful little appetizers! I love combining prosciutto and pears. Goat cheese adds just the right amount of creaminess. These are really cute gourmet appetizers, and I’d love to make them sometime!

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef 24 November, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Denise, these are so clever! What a perfect appetizer for the holidays. I’m in!

    • Denise Browning 24 November, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Thank you so much, Maureen! It is great to have you visiting me here again. I hope you make this appetizer and enjoy! I have to confess that my husband had no chance to take a bite… 🙂

  23. Mi Vida en un Dulce 26 November, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    OMG looks terrific…!!!

  24. Gintare @Gourmantine 27 November, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    Denise, these are so pretty and would be perfection for any party. I am definitely putting them on my Christmas party to do list 🙂

    • Denise Browning 27 November, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      Thanks, Gintare! I am so happy that you love this appetizer…Wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

  25. Von 27 November, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    I love how this is a simple recipe, but it looks anything but simple!! 😀 And it looks amazingly tasty as well! I need more of these kinds of recipes in my repertoire!!

  26. Sowmya 28 November, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Looks delicious and so pretty Denise!

  27. Francesca 7 February, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    These have some of my favorite stuff on them!! And I love the pear-in-lieu of bread concept. Delicious.

    • Denise Browning 7 February, 2014 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks, Francesca! I made this appetizer for the first time as a sponsored post and simply fell in love on how tasty, quick, and light it was… Better than making with bread, it was having with pears. If you try it, you won’t regret it…Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear! xx


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