Apple and Blue Cheese Tart

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Apple and Blue Cheese Tart
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 12
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Sweet apples and cranberries balance the sharp flavor of blue cheese in an eye-catching appetizer tart.
Oct 12, 2010


  • 1/2 pkg Pillsbury* Refrigerated Pie Crusts, softened as directed on box (1 crust)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped pistachio nuts
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 red pearl onion, halved, if desired


  • 1
    Heat oven to 450ºF. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell using 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots; cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Arrange apple slices in concentric circles in single layer in crust. Spread butter mixture over apples.
  • 4
    Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle nuts, cranberries, cheese and thyme over apples. Bake about 3 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Cool on cooling rack 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with onion.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Tip: Shallots look like mini onions and taste like a mild mix of garlic and onion. You can usually find them near the onions in the produce section of the supermarket.
  • Tip 2
    Tip : Try making this elegant tart with pears instead of apples.

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