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Pear-walnut-cranberry croustini appetizer

Welcome holiday guests with a delicious, nutritious appetizer that features in-season pears and dried cranberries (loaded with antioxidants). Quick and easy!

Thank you to Karen Koeppe, Packard Health Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for this recipe.

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes





  • 8 oz. French bread or whole grain baguette, sliced diagonally 1⁄2” thick
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 1/2 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 1 large, just-ripe Bartlett pear, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (try Eden Foods organic – Clinton, MI company)
  • 2 Tbsp. Michigan honey


  • Pre-heat the oven to broil. Place the baguette slices on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until toasty. Remove from the oven.
  • Spread each toasted baguette slice with ricotta cheese.
  • In a small bowl, gently combine the pear, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Add the honey; mix together.
  • Evenly distribute the fruit-nut mixture over the baguette slices; serve!