I have to bring an appetizer to a Holiday Party for an organization I belong to, and for some reason I decided that I wanted a fruit-based savory pie. After some online research I ended up with this flavor combination, and then I found a recipe for a galette with these ingredients which I easily adapted to make a pie.
It was great! Easy and delicious. Actually, more like satisfying and addictive. It tastes good warm and cold, so it’s perfect for a holiday buffet.
Apple, Onion and Bacon Pie
- 8 oz bacon, coarsely chopped
- 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 or 3 apples, thinly sliced
- salt & sugar to taste
- 2 9″ pie shells
Cook bacon over medium heat in a deep frying pan until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon bits and set aside. Pour out all but 1 Tbsp. grease from the pan and reserve. Add the onion slices and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the apple slices and cook until soft. Return the bacon to the pan and mix. Taste and add salt and sugar as needed. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 400F (or the temperature indicated by your pie shell recipe).
Put the pie shell into your pie pan and press tightly. Add the cooled filling. Top with the other pie shell, sealing the borders with the bottom shell. Make several cuts on the top shell and bake until golden, about 30 minutes.
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I made this very simple hors d’oeuvre/appetizer for my 2010 Xmas Eve dinner and I think it was my favorite dish of the evening. It couldn’t be simpler: just some caramelized onions and blue cheese on puff pastry – but boy, is it delicious. I plan to make it as often as I can
The original recipe called for making your own bready dough, but I was running late with all Christmas dinner preparations and decided to use up the extra puff pastry I had around instead. It worked out perfectly, though I had to increase the cooking time from that of the original recipe for the pastry to be fully cooked. If you roll the pastry thinner, it’ll cook quicker, however. These squares are pretty messy, so make sure to serve them with napkins.
The puff pastry I used is the one that Trader Joe’s sells under its own name, which comes in two thick flat sheets. It’s pretty good and I think only $4 for a $1 package. The blue cheese was Rosenborg Danish Blue, which I got for $4 lb!!!! @ Grocery Outlet. It’s a delicious cheese @ an incredible price.
Blue Cheese and Caramelized-Onion Squares
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 large onions, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 lb. puff pastry, defrosted.
- 6 oz crumbled blue cheese
Melt butter with oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until they start to brown and become soft, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Stir in the rosemary, sugar and salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the onions are soft and dark brown, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 425F
Grease a large baking sheet.
Roll puff pastry sheets on a flour surface until they have the thickness you desire. Transfer to baking sheet and cover with caramelized onions. Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese on top.
Bake in oven until crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling – 20 to 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
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