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Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

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Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Oh, hallo there, fall. You bittersweet time of year with your clear blue skies, brisk breezes, dancing sunshine, leaves of crimson, amber, and gold. So beautiful, crisp and cozy and so undeniably the last gasp before winter sets in… Have I mentioned that I do not care for the cold?

But you do bring the most delectable apples, and my feelings about them, at least, are entirely positive.

Here’s a super simple, easy way of enjoying the season’s apples that is a sure crowd pleaser and picky-eater teaser and looks really fancy and involved.

Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pinenuts by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

The secret is to use frozen puff pastry dough. Of course, you can make your own pastry dough if you’ve got time to kill and two hands free at the same time (not so here these days) and it’s possible that it might taste even better but I can’t offer you any guarantees on that.

Dufour's puff pastry dough by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I’ve had great results with DuFour’s puff pastry. And apparently, it’s some of the best money can buy… but I think it’d be tasty with any puff pastry — there’s a lot of butter in puff pastry so it is inherently yummy, no matter what brand you use. Just don’t forget to leave time for it to defrost (a mistake I’ve definitely made…)

Dufour's puff pastry dough by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Use a crisp, sweet-tart apple – Macoun, Mutsu, Cortland, Northern Spy, Granny Smith – there are a million good varieties available at this time of year, at least there are here in New York, the apple bin of the country.

Oregano, apples, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese & pine nuts by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Do not skimp on the onions as they provide such delicious sweet flavor. And I am always amazed by the degree to which they reduce during the caramelization… Lotsa fresh herbs give it a pleasant hint of freshness amidst all that wonderfully melty cheese and buttery pastry.

Apple cheddar tart with caramelized onions and pine nuts headed into the oven by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Pine nuts provide some hearty crunch and a lovely toasted flavor while you chew. And salt and pepper do their part by bringing the whole flavor combo up yet another notch.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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6:47AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you Eva, for Sharing this!

1:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

I enjoy reading this food blog site, the Garden of Eating, but not this recipe. I can't see how apples and onions can be tasty.

2:48AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks, think I will try to make this one.

4:45PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

yum

12:13PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Interesting. I wouold not have thought of combining these things, but they might be interesting.

6:03AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Good option for the lunch box, a fresh apple and piece of cheddar. :)

12:22PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Looks amazing- what a great seasonal treat I have to try! Thanks!

4:32AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thanks for sharing the recipe Eve. Sounds really wonderful.

12:53AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

A most unusual but very tasty sounding tart!

11:15PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Yummy

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