Healthy party appetizers: Caramelized Pear and Onion Flatbread

carmelized onion pear flatbreadHere’s another healthy party appetizer from Pat Crocker’s The Yogurt Bible.

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Caramelized Pear and Onion Flatbread

The unusual combination of pear and caramelized onion is slightly sweet and very pleasant in this elegant easy appetizer. It complements Middle Eastern naan bread, lavash or artisanal flatbread. If the flatbread is more than one inch thick, cut it in half lengthwise to make two bases. Double this recipe, or use a different spread for the second half of the loaf.

Serves 6 to 8

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups Yogurt Cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 large naan or flatbread


  1. Preheat broiler (475°F)
  2. In a skillet, heat oil and melt butter over medium-high heat. Add red onions and pear and bring to a light simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic, brown sugar and vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes. Garlic should be soft and the liquid should have evaporated, leaving a soft and sticky (caramelized) mixture. Let cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine yogurt cheese, feta and thyme.
  5. Spread cheese mixture evenly over flatbread and place on baking sheet. Spread onion mixture over yogurt mixture and place under broiler for 30 seconds or until bread warms through. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into appetizer-size pieces.

Nutritional information

This is just for the topping per serving.

  • Calories 105
  • Calories from Fat 55
  • Total Fat 6.1g
  • Saturated Fat 2.3g
  • Trans Fat 0.0g
  • Cholesterol 11mg
  • Sodium 136mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 9.3g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2g
  • Sugars 6.2g
  • Protein 4.0g

Nutrition Grade B- from CalorieCount 

Weight Watchers POINTS (for topping only) = 2 – Add a couple more POINTS for the bread depending on what kind you use.

This Mama’s tips

  • I’ve removed the butter from the recipe as caramelizing onions in olive oil should work just fine. Instead of olive oil you could use a low saturated soft spread like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter instead.
  • I’ve substituted stevia for the brown sugar used in the original recipe.
  • Try making precooked whole wheat pizza crusts instead of store bought flatbread. It’s a bit healthier. You could also use whole wheat pita bread.
  • Use a rolling pizza slicer to cut up the flatbread.

Excerpted from The Yogurt Bible by Pat Crocker © 2010 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


Disclosure: I received a copy of The Yogurt Bible to facilitate this review.

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