As my final gift to you for the year, I wanted something you could serve to ring in the New Year and well beyond. So here it is: Blue Cheese and Pear Puff Pastry Bites that I've made not once, not twice, but three times in the last week because they're seriously serious. These Blue Cheese and Pear Puff Pastry Bites are a little sweet, salty, and majorly addictive. So, no matter how you plan on ringing in the New Year (though I highly recommend including these Blue Cheese and Pear Puff Pastry Bites in your plans), have a great night and cheers to more fun times together next year!
thawed according to package directions
Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the onion, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Stir in the thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat, stir in the pears and set aside to cool briefly.
The pear mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Store it refrigerated until ready to use.
On a clean work surface, lay out the sheet of puff pastry. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, cut the pastry into about 48 rounds, and divide between two parchment-lined cookie sheets. Place one teaspoon of the pear mixture on each round and top with a few crumbles of cheese.
The bites can be assembled and frozen up to 2 weeks ahead of time. Bake a few additional minutes before serving.
Bake until the cheese is melted, the bottom of the tartlets are golden brown, and the puff pastry is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
The bites can be made all the way through up to two days ahead. Warm in a 300°F oven until heated through before serving.
Photography and food styling by Aida Mollenkamp