“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”
I love a good flatbread, shared among friends while talking and laughing with a glass of wine. It’s the perfect party appetizer and the flavor combinations are endless as long as the end result includes cheese. At least that’s my rule of thumb. The folks at Cabot Creamery were generous enough to send me seven blocks of cheese as a challenge to come up with a healthy appetizer recipe. You know I love a good kitchen challenge and if you’ve been reading a while you know I love all things cheese, so this was an opportunity I quickly jumped on.
For this recipe I chose to use a cheese from Cabot’s legacy collection, the Farmhouse Reserve Aged Cheddar Cheese. If you have not yet tried any of the three cheeses from this collection I highly recommend doing so as they add an extra depth of flavor to even the most basic recipe. The Farmhouse Reserve is a bold and creamy extra sharp cheddar with a rich and elegant taste.
This recipe can be made as an appetizer or easily be served as a simple weeknight dinner. Tender and slightly rich onions, sharp cheddar cheese, salty pancetta and sweet pear slices are supported on a crisp flatbread. This flatbread is a cheese lovers dream with the delicate taste of cheddar lingering with each bite.
- 2 Flatbreads- Homemade or store bought
- 1 cup Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 1 pear thinly sliced (may not use it all)
- ⅓ cup pancetta, cooked and diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Prepare the sauteed onions: heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion slices and cook, stirring frequently, till onions are tender and golden
- Spread ½ tablespoon of olive oil and ½ tablespoon thyme to each flatbread. Cover with the pear slices and top with sauteed onions, cooked pancetta, and cheese.
- Place the flatbreads on a parchment lined baking sheet or a pizza stone and bake till cheese has melted (7-10 minutes)
- Allow to cool slightly before slicing