Pear and Brie Bites

Pear and Brie Bites

Pear and Brie Bites

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This simple appetizer of fresh pears, creamy brie cheese and a hint of crushed fennel are a wonderful, gluten-free stand-in for crostini.


  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 firm-ripe pears
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie cheese, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


Preheat broiler. 

Place fennel seeds in a dry sauté pan over medium heat. Toast, shaking the pan frequently, until seeds are fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Lightly crush seeds and set aside.

Starting at the bottom, slice pears crosswise 1/4-inch-thick. Using a paring knife, core each slice. 

Place pears on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top each pear with a wedge of cheese. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fennel and black pepper. Place under the broiler until cheese just starts to melt, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and transfer pears to a serving platter. Serve immediately.

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