Apple Onion & Butternut Squash Tart

And now we are at the last of our apples.  Thanks apples, you had a good run.  We made Very Lazy Fall Apple Butter, an apple crumble, Butternut Squash & Apple Soup, Apple Onion Spicy Chutney and for the finale, this Apple Onion & Butternut Squash Tart.  Serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner or cut into thin slices for a great appetizer – I bet it would go fabulously with a dry prosecco.  This is a super versatile and delicious tart.  The onions, apple and squash cook down to form a great caramelized base that contrasts nicely with the buttery/herbed crust and the salty cheese.

Apple Onion & Butternut Squash Tart

Inspired by this Martha Stewart recipe, I decided to bust out our Rosemary Tart Dough used in the Tomato Tart recipe (scroll down for the tart dough part).

Apple Onion & Butternut Squash Tart

Ingredients:

  • 5 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash, cut into 1/2″ cubes and roasted (we had this leftover from the soup, you can add the cubes in when you add the apples to save you a step, I’m sure it will be fine)
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • apple cider (vegetable broth or water would do in a pinch)
  • 1 Rosemary Tart Dough
  • 1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese

To Do:

  1. Make your Rosemary Tart dough and be sure to refrigerate it overnight or for at least a couple of hours.
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot and add the onions.  Cook until softened, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the apples (and butternut squash if it’s not roasted) and 1/4 cup apple cider or water.  Let everything simmer with a lid on the pot until caramelized, about 30 minutes.  Give it a stir every now and then and add more cider or water so nothing gets burned.  Give it a taste.  Taste good?  Great?  Need more salt and/or pepper, season away!
  4. Heat oven to 375F.  Roll out your tart dough and press into a tart pan (f you have leftover dough roll them into twists, sprinkle with parm and bake them – extra treat!).  Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork a few times.  If you have some spicy chutney, spread it along the bottom and bake for about 10 minutes.  If you don’t, sprinkle the bottom with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese or pecorino and bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the tart dough from oven and pile on the onion/apple/squash mixture.  Spread evenly throughout the pan and top with some more cheese.  Your call on how much cheese – remember these are salty cheeses.
  6. Bake for about 30-45 minutes or until the tart dough and cheese are a beautiful golden brown.

 


Apple Onion Spicy Chutney

Apple Onion Chutney

I just googled “what is the difference between a jam and a chutney” because I wasn’t sure whether to call this recipe a chutney or a jam.  Turns out, a chutney incorporates sweet, spicy and sour elements and isn’t as smooth as a jam.  So, this IS a recipe for chutney!

Another recipe created out of necessity to get rid of all of the apples from apple picking.  This might be the new hit after Tomato Jam.
It’s spicy, sour and a bit sweet from the apples and caramelized onions.  Perfect with grilled cheese sandwiches, in a tart, slathered on eggs, brushed on tofu, plopped into soup….you get the idea.

After taking a sauce class with Peter Berley, I’ve really been into grinding my spices right before using them in a recipe.  I used our trusty mortar and pestle, but am a big fan of using an out-of-commissioned coffee grinder for large quantities.

spices

Apple Onion Spicy Chutney
Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 onions, chopped finely
  • 4-5 apples, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar (you could probably use all cider, I just didn’t have enough)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons crushed peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cloves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

To Do:

  1. Heat up a bit of olive oil in a large pot and add the onions.  Let them cook until softened, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and bring to a boil.  Stir for about 5 minutes and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cover pot and walk away.  Come back and give it a stir every 15 minutes or so.  You want everything to become a lovely brown color and cook down – it can take a while.
  4. Taste it.  Do you like it?  Add more spices if you want.  Once you can run a spoon through the mixture and a path forms without liquid filling it up, you’ve got the right consistency.
  5. Pour into jars and can – process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.  You could also pour into jars and put them in the fridge.  They should last for a while because of all of the sugar and acid.

Very Lazy Fall Apple Butter

I love apples.  I try to eat one a day, if not more.  Last weekend, we went up to Stuart’s Farm for a friend’s apple picking birthday party (genius!).  After gathering about 50 pounds of apples with friends and consuming an amazing amount of cider donuts, we came home with 18.5 pounds of apples.  What to do?  First up, Lazy Apple Butter, which used to be featured on my first food blog “Combustication” and is up on the web no longer.  This blast from the past was made by peeling, coring and chopping enough apples to completely fill a crockpot, adding about 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a freshly ground teaspoon of cloves and a cinnamon stick.  Add more or less sugar to your liking and let the crockpot do its thing for about 8 hours on low.  If the apple butter is not dark enough or is still pretty thin, take off the lid and let it cook down on low for about an hour.  Trust your judgement.  If it tastes good and sticks to a spoon, can it!

This is pretty much the recipe and canning tips I followed.  Came out with 1 half-pint, 4 pints, 1-16 oz jar and some left over!  Holiday presents here we come!

Apples in Crockpot

I love how this…

Apple Butter Transformation

Turns to this…

Apple Butter

Then into all of these!!!


Apple Crumble

The fall brings brisk weather, beautiful leaves and crunchy APPLES.  We made this last night as a quick dessert for dinner with friends and had the leftovers today with some oatmeal for breakfast.

This got thrown together at the last minute, so please bear with the haphazard directions.  You can’t go wrong with a crumble!

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Chop up two apples (if you have 3, go for it), sprinkle lemon juice over the pieces and throw in a pie dish.  Mix together about a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, a pinch of salt, a generous handful of brown sugar, a teaspoon or two of honey (or sugar) and a whole bunch of oats – probably 3/4 cup.  Take 4 (or more) tablespoons of butter and massage into the flour mixture until everything is crumbly.  Put on top of apples, add some maple syrup or other syrup on top of the whole mess and bake at 350F for about 40-45 minutes.  Serve warm!


Apple Picking – YES!

I am so psyched to be going apple picking this weekend. I love apples. I definitely like to eat at least one a day. Pink Lady’s have become an obsession, but I like every kind but Red Delicious. I took the apple quiz and got one wrong. Anyways, I am EXCITED! Apple picking means bags of apples, cider donuts, brisk weather, pumpkin patches, hot apple cider…all that good stuff.  Those bags of apples will then transform into apple butter! There will be a big tutorial on how to can your apple butter (or canning in general) after the weekend. Maybe a video! Who knows?

Canning is a lot of fun and it’s definitely rewarding to screw open a can of something you’ve created. One of my all time favorites is Rosemary Garlic Jelly. Sounds weird, but is delicious. You can read an old post of mine here and learn all about it. I think I will be making this again this year. Don’t be scared of canning!


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