Easy Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts
Makes one tart
* 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
* 2 medium or 1 large apple, cored and sliced (not too thick – you want to avoid too much weight or liquid as it will make the pastry soggy)
* 2-3 branches fresh thyme, chopped
* Handful of fresh basil and/or oregano, chopped
* 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (you could also use goat or Gruyère cheese)
* 1 large onion, sliced
* Extra-virgin olive oil
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Sea salt
* Handful of toasted pine nuts
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. While you’re waiting for the pastry to defrost, sautée the onions in a frying pan in olive oil until translucent.
2. Lay the sheet of puff pastry out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Prick the dough inside the border all over with the tines of a fork to prevent it from puffing up too much during baking.
3. Spread a layer of cheddar (or whichever cheese you choose) on the pastry. Top with the onions, then arrange the apple slices on the pastry in a single layer (crowding or overlapping them could make the puff pastry soggy). Scatter the fresh herbs over the apples. Drizzle the tart with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. If using Gruyère, reserve a little cheese to sprinkle over the top.
4. Bake the tart until the pastry is crisp and deeply browned on the bottom and around the edges, 30-40 minutes.
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer or 2-3 as a main course.
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