Let me tell you a little secret.

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I like to eat all of the cheese.

Like all of the cheese… everywhere. All the cheeses. All the time.

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And the only thing better than all the cheeses all the time is when the cheese is golden and bubbly and melty and even burnt. I used to LIVE for Stouffer’s mac and cheese. Yes, the stuff that is totally microwavable and could be made in five minutes or whatever. The reason? About 75% of the time, since microwaves are whacked and can’t ever cook something evenly, a full quarter of the Stouffer’s mac and cheese would get super brown and rich and sometimes even crunchy. Occasionally I’d make it just to eat off the top layer… the browned and crisp cheese that could never really be replicated, ever.

And okay, duh, of course Mother Lovett’s mac and cheese was the best, mainly because she covered the top in bacon (and you wonder where I get it from?), but it was really hard to duplicate and beat that stuff in the orange box. I haven’t had it in years and I STILL remember.

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That’s why we’re making broiled and bubbly feta today.

It might not be anything like microwaved mac and cheese, but it is sort of like heaven.

The feta is baked for a few minutes so it gets all soft, then broiled and topped with sweet and caramely pears, honey and toasted pecans. Um… WHAT?

I’m, like, 99% sure that this is going to be my go-to holiday appetizer for the next two months. Please invite me somewhere.

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Oh! And it can be our snack that we share for my dad’s birthday. Yep yep, today is his birthday and even though I don’t think he likes feta, pears or anything caramelized, and I don’t know if he’d ever ingest something containing warm fruit and melty cheese together, it sort of makes sense because like he has always said, he hasn’t had a real birthday for 30 years because I was born the day before and since then, well… it’s been all about me. Can’t we just say that I was his birthday present? Is that fair? It might be. But he is pretty much the best dad ever so I’ll throw in some cookies just in case.

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Broiled Feta with Caramelized Cinnamon Pears

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 (8-ounce) blocks of feta cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large pear, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
3-4 tablespoons honey


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add butter. Stir in pear slices, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar, tossing well to coat. Cook for 8-10 minutes until pears are super caramely and soft. In a separate small skillet, add pecans and toast over low heat for about 5 minutes, just until fragrant. Set aside.

Cut both blocks of feta in half and place in a baking dish or pie plate. Brush with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn your oven to broil and broil on high for 3-4 minutes. My plate was on the second highest oven rack, so not as close to the broiler as can be, but almost. Check after 1-2 minutes, and once the cheese is golden and bubbly on top, remove it.

Cover the feta with the pears (and any sauce/juice in the pan), the pecans and the honey. Serve immediately with pita chips, crackers, fruit or vegetables.

[inspired by bon appetit]

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87 Responses to “Broiled Feta with Caramelized Cinnamon Pears.”

  1. #
    Amelia — November 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    This looks like it would be perfect for Thanksgiving! I think my grandmother (a feta fanatic) would go nuts for this appetizer! Thanks for sharing.


  2. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — November 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    How did I not know yesterday was your birthday!? I hope you had a good one! My dad and I actually do share a birthday, and every year he tells me I was his best birthday present ever. That’s a statement full of crap. ;)


  3. #
    Kim in MD — November 8, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    YUM! I’m a cheesehound, too! Happy Birthday to your Dad!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 8, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    These are so cute! I’ll be honest, I’m really not a big cheese fan (I know you’re probably shuddering at the thought) but I LOVE the caramelized pear bit! I’d be that annoying person at the party that eats the tops off of all the appetizers, leaving the cheese behind. In fact, come to think of it, maybe we’d make a good team? ;)


    • Jessica — November 8th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      Uh, we definitely would. :)


  5. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 8, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    What a great appetizer!!! I love the idea of feta and pears!! Yummy!


  6. #
    Liz — November 8, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I too love cheese, ESPECIALLY with pears. I always think of the California Pizza Kitchen pear & gorgonzola pizza, and how well the flavors are paired together. That feta looks AMAZING.


  7. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 8, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    This would make the perfect holiday appetizer. Happy b-day to your dad!


  8. #
    cindy — November 8, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    I live for bubbly cheese and I’ve definitely never met a cheese I didn’t like. We’d get along!


  9. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 8, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I heart broiled, warm, melty cheese – especially salty cheeses like feta. YUM!


  10. #
    Meister @ The Nervous Cook — November 8, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Broiled feta? BROILED FETA?! This is like all of my cheesiest dreams come true. Must. Have. Right. Now.


  11. #
    Rachel — November 8, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    My Dad and my birthdays are also a day apart! I’m sure you will get lots of holiday invites if you offer to make this!!


  12. #
    Katie — November 8, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I am actually not crazy about cheese UNLESS it’s broiled and bubbly and burnt…sort of like how I prefer my toast. Oh also, I love feta. And goat cheese. And cheese with fruit.

    Maybe I am crazy about cheese.


  13. #
    Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day — November 8, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Ok, YUM! You had me at cheese. It’s funny, my husband never used to eat cheese but I converted him and now he’s a cheese MANIAC! I’ll have to make this for the monster I created…


    • Jessica — November 8th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      That is very similar to what happened when my husband and I got married. He gained like 20 pounds from cheese.


  14. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 8, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    This is so freaking unique. STOP! Just stop. You’re taking over my world.


  15. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — November 8, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I am drooling! This needs to be at every party I go to moving forward!


  16. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 8, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Feta is one of my favorite cheese, i’ve been wanting to try a baked feta that I saw online – this looks delicious!


  17. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 8, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    i love the stouffer’s mac & cheese and their lasagna too for the exact same reason – burnt cheese is the best!


  18. #
    Emily@JellyToast — November 8, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Wow. If you lived in Ohio, I would totally invite you to our party with these! As it were, I think I’ll have to be making these for the next get together. Or maybe just for a Thursday night watching Parks and Rec. Thanks for this awesome recipe!


    • Jessica — November 8th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      I mean, I’m not THAT far from Ohio…


  19. #
    Emily @ www.main-eats.com — November 8, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Wow. Just wow! This will be a perfect appetizer!!!


  20. #
    Presley @ Run Pretty — November 8, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    I like to eat all of the cheese. <– What will be on my gravestone.

    Seriously, put me near any recipe involving cheese and it won't be shared. I'm scrappy.


  21. #
    Ashley — November 8, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    All the cheeses…all the time…. WHO says that?? You do. I love it. Come over and bring this. I will eat it.


  22. #
    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 8, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    I just had an appetizer last night MUCH like this, so so good!!


  23. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 8, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Let’s get married.


  24. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 8, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    oh my goodness! i am feta obsessed…i cant even imagine these. please bring me some. k thanks!


  25. #
    Janine — November 8, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!


  26. #
    Becca — November 8, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    What do you do with the olive oil? I can’t find it in the directions…am I blind?

    This looks amazing and is my weekend list of recipes to make!


    • Jessica — November 8th, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      ahhh sorry I’m a dummy. you brush the feta with it – just fixed it, thanks!


  27. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 8, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    great appetizer suggestion! this would be perfect for my bookclub :)


  28. #
    Natalie — November 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    It’s official, I am having a party and you are invited. I live in Miami, best time of the year to be here! Thansk for the fabulous recipe!


  29. #
    Katherine — November 8, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Yum. And I just have to tell you that I can’t decide whether to love or hate you for telling me about a little show called “Homeland.” I’m on episode 6 in season 1. I can’t sleep at night. It’s just so good, though. But I can’t sleep.


  30. #
    Sarah R. — November 8, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Coming soon to a face near me! I would hoard the whole brick of feta to myself. Yes please!


  31. #
    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — November 8, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    This looks soo good and pretty easy, too. Finally…something I won’t screw up, ha!


  32. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 8, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    perfect party appetizer. and broiled feta? heck yes.


  33. #
    The Suzzzz — November 8, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I have really got to stop reading your blog on an empty stomach! This looks fantastic.


  34. #
    Michelle — November 8, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Uh…that would never even make it as an appetizer. I’d have to keep “taste testing” it. Until it’s gone.

    Cheese never lasts in my house!


  35. #
    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — November 8, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Burnt cheese? YES please! Easy lil’ appetizer.


  36. #
    Riley — November 8, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    This is right up my alley! Can’t wait to try it!


  37. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 8, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I might try this for Thanksgiving! Yummo!


  38. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    I love baked/broiled cheese. It takes something that’s already good and makes it even more fabulous!


  39. #
    Maia @ maiatable — November 8, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Re: “I’m, like, 99% sure that this is going to be my go-to holiday appetizer for the next two months. Please invite me somewhere.”
    COME ON OVER!! Your recipes, feta awesomeness included of course, look amazing! Nom nom.


  40. #
    Jessica (but not you :p) — November 8, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Okay, so I’m in charge of appetizers for Thanksgiving, and want to make this. I need to make this! It looks FABULOUS!
    But…need to make this in advance and drive an hour and a half. There will not be an open spot in the oven at my destination. Do you think I can make it in the morning, assemble, chill and then reheat in the microwave to serve?
    Or is that just cheese abuse?


    • Natasha — November 10th, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

      I’m in the same position! I’d love to make this too, but need to make it ahead of time and won’t have oven space there, so I’m curious too about whether the microwave is do-able.


  41. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 8, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Cheese and pears, huh? The crunchy part of the Stouffers mac&cheese was always my favorite part too, so…I’ll trust you on this one!


  42. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 8, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    You are more than welcome to show up with this to any gathering- all year long!


  43. #
    narf7 — November 8, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    What a delicious triumph of a recipe! This looks elegant, decadent and most importantly scrumptious. You are a genius :)


  44. #
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 8, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I love this, and I’m not going to stop thinking about it until I make it!!!!!


  45. #
    janetha — November 8, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    i would like all the cheese, too, please. always.


  46. #
    Nana Sophie — November 8, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Your photographs are art – it is so inspiring to look at! Makes me wanna go out and make everything you’ve posted.


  47. #
    Rose — November 8, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    This looks fabulous! I dream of baked brie, so I’m sure this would be amazing for me… feta is awesome. Also goat cheese… my boyfriend introduced me to goat cheese (i was all like, ew, Goat for the 1st 25 yrs of my life.. i was missing out) and I am forever grateful.


  48. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 8, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    more cheese and fruit recipes!!! I have missed them since the summer. and BROILED feta? oh dear god. can you come over for the holidays please? I feel like I could never make broiled cheese look so darn pretty!!! :)


  49. #
    christina @ oven adventures — November 8, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    OMG! i love feta. i am totally making this and eating it all myself. fabulous.


  50. #
    Annalise N. — November 8, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    Holy cow, I can’t believe you said you used to love Stouffer’s mac and cheese! I used to LOVE that stuff for the exact same reason you said! The burnt cheese on the sides was the best!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!



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