In partnership with Björn's Colorado Honey.Are we ready to start thinking about throwing parties again? The early months of the year are actually my favorite for low-key hosting. People have mostly recovered from holiday madness and they’re itching to get out of the house again, and it’s a bleak time of year in most of the northern hemisphere. Casual bonfire parties are the best way to fight the winter doldrums!
These honey & brie pear sliders are a refreshingly light snack throughout the winter months. Immune-superstar propolis honey, creamy brie, and crunchy pecans balance each other perfectly. While most seasonal fruits are looking pretty bare, anjou pears are in peak season right now. I prefer the green variety and Kirk prefers the red, but both are delicious in this recipe. Choose your favorite or make half-and-half like I did here – both will disappear fast!
You know I love our local Colorado food community, so I’m thrilled to partner with Björn’s Colorado Honey for this recipe! Björn’s is a small-batch family business just up the road in Boulder, and I buy their fabulous honey nearly every week at the Golden farmers market.
Björn’s introduced me to the magic of propolis honey, which is just one more way honey bees are incredible little nature machines. Honey bees naturally create propolis from a mixture of beeswax and saps to patch their hives. Each hive creates a unique ‘signature’ resin based on the tree buds and sap flows available near the hive, so locally-produced propolis has amazing antifungal and antibacterial properties for your exact ecosystem. This makes it an incredibly effective natural immune booster!
And to top it all off, propolis honey is insanely delicious. It’s the creamiest, lightest, sweetest honey I’ve ever tasted. Do your immune system a favor this winter and treat yourself to a jar or three!
This recipe drizzles room-temp propolis because it’s important not to heat propolis to get the full immune benefits. Truthfully, that doesn’t stop me from stirring a big spoonful into my tea every now and then – but if you’re eating propolis specifically for its health advantages, it’s best to eat it unheated.
I hope you’re staying warm, cozy, and healthy this winter! What are your other favorite natural immune-boosters?
Honey & Brie Pear Sliders
- 4 pears
- 8 oz. brie
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces
- 2 oz. propolis honey or raw honey
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Cut pears into 1/4-inch-thick slices, discarding the ends; you should get about 6 slices from each pear.
- Cut brie into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut to fit the pear slices for 24 total pieces.
- Arrange pear slices on a serving platter. Lay a slice of brie on top of each, then sprinkle pecan pieces on top. Drizzle honey evenly over each slice.
- Grind black pepper on top and serve immediately.