Apple and Aged Cheddar Tart

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 to 8


1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 cups (500 mL) sliced U.S. Gala or Granny Smith apples*

3 tbsp (45 mL) cooking sherry

1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

½ tsp (2 mL) kosher or sea salt

2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh thyme

1 pkg (397 g) brick-style puff pastry (or 2 sheets pre rolled puff pastry)

2 cups (500 mL) loose packed grated aged Cheddar, divided

Thyme for garnish

Appetizer. Snack. Meal. This perfect anytime-of-day savoury apple tart is easy to make and easier to eat. When shopping for your favourite U.S.-grown apples, such as Gala or Honeycrisp, grab some store-bought pastry dough, a convenient time-saver.


  1. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat; sauté onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add apples, sherry, mustard, vinegar and salt; cook further 2 minutes. Stir in thyme and transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. Roll out puff pastry into an 11 x 17 inch (28 x 42 cm) rectangle. Trim ends if desired to make straight edges. Sprinkle with 1 cup (250 mL) grated Cheddar; arrange apple mixture evenly on top and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup (250 mL) grated Cheddar.
  3. Bake in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Garnish with thyme and slice into 12 equal triangles.

*Other varieties, such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Empire, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, and Red Rome also work equally well.

Nutrition Facts:

PER SERVING (1/6th recipe or 2 triangles): 550 calories, 37 g fat, 14 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 520 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 6 g sugars, 13 g protein. %DV: 18% calcium, 12% iron, 11% vitamin A, 6% vitamin C.