Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pears
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My good friend and cooking mentor once told me that it's easy to impress people (a.k.a. young 20-somethings like me) with simple delicious tasting food. Throw something together last minute and they'll never know the difference. This is one such recipe.

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I absolutely detest corny quotes. Especially the ones about friends and family. That being said,

"Friends are the family that you get to choose."

Has Tommy just entered basic bitch status? Perhaps. In fact, I know that it is true. I am basic. I love pumpkin spice lattes and long walks in the park. Friends and family are incredible. I feel so #blessed. Excuse me while I go vomit at my disgust with myself... Pull it together, Tommy!

As I've gotten older (28-years old is prehistoric, I know...), I've seen definite changes in my habits with friends. I've seen changes in the activities that we partake in and the things that we choose to do with our time. Let's just start with my weekday ritual. I wake up at the butt crack of dawn because God forbid I am not productive with 100% of my day. Sleeping in until just before I have to leave for work is not an option. This time may consist of a workout, drinking coffee while reading the newspaper or trade magazines, or cleaning my bathroom. Work is work. That happens. Once I've gotten back to my apartment, I light my Jonathan Adler tomato-scented candle and begin cooking dinner for one. Or dinner for forty that will turn into my meals for the next seven days. By 9:00pm, I am in bed with my lights off. #grandpastatus

On the weekends I love to hang out with my friends. But loud bars and clubs are out of the picture. No way Jose! Instead, I like to make appetizers, stock my fridge with craft beers and open a nice pinot noir or shiraz to breath. Truthfully though, I don't always have ample time to prepare gourmet food for said friends. I love y'all, but life is busy! And hectic! So finding a recipe that is quick, easy and delicious is 100% necessary. This recipe for PANCETTA CRISPS WITH GOAT CHEESE AND PEARS fits that bill. I've already made this numerous times, so it's been tested.

Now it's time for you all to step up your grandpa(ma) statuses and buy some adult alcohol, turn on Norah Jones, light some Jonathan Adler candles, and make these pancetta crisps! Enjoy!

Tommy.


| Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pears |

Ingredients:

12 thin slices of pancetta 1 pear 1/2 (4 oz) package goat cheese, crumbled freshly ground black pepper agave nectar fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Arrange pancetta slices in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8-10 minute or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack using a spatula. Let stand 10 minutes or until crisp.
  3. Core pear with an apple corer. Cut pear crosswise into 12 thin rings. Arrange on a serving platter. Top evenly with pancetta and goat cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with agave nectar just before serving. Garnish, if desired.