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Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


2 dozen

I was recently at a wedding reception where the menu was all small bites. Here’s my rendition of the pear pastries they served. They're the perfect combo of savory and sweet. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled crisp pancetta or crumbled cooked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ripe pear
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, unfold pastry dough. Using a 1-3/4-in. round cookie cutter, cut dough into 24 circles. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, honey, salt and pepper until well blended. Fold in goat cheese, pancetta, pear and pecans.
  3. Halve each cooled pastry. Spoon cream cheese mixture over bottom pastry halves; cover with top halves. Serve at room temperature.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 105 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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