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Pear-Fig Bites

This easy-to-make appetizer turns in-season pears into a bite-size sharable perfect for holiday gatherings.
Pear fig bites on a white background.
  • Yield 24–26 servings
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 1–2 pears
  • 4–6 figs
  • 4-oz. goat cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Optional toppings: micro arugula, fresh thyme, candied walnuts


Cut off the nubs on each end of the pears. Thinly slice into coins using a mandoline or knife.
Cut off the nubs on each end of the figs. Thinly slice into coins using a knife.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place each fig coin on top of a pear coin. Add a small dollop of goat cheese.
Turn the broiler on high. Add the baking sheet to the broiler for about five minutes. You want the fruit to be warmed and the goat cheese to start to melt.
Remove from the oven. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to each piece. Top with desired toppings: stack on a piece of micro arugula, a little bit of fresh thyme, and a candied walnut. Serve.
Chef Ryan Dodge

Ryan Dodge is the executive chef for the LifeCafe’s nationwide.

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