The Rustic Pumpkin And Cheddar Pie: An All-orange Recipe For Halloween.
On the occasion of Halloween, we invite you to discover a recipe for a savory orange tart. The rustic squash and cheddar tart showcases autumn products and can be prepared in no time.
Here are the necessary ingredients to prepare a rustic butternut squash and cheddar tart for 4 people:
- 500g of butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 roll of all-butter shortcrust pastry
- 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 bowl of grated cheddar
- 1 pinch of ground cumin
- dried thyme
- salt and pepper
- hazelnuts for decoration.
Note: For this savory tart recipe, you can use different types of squash. I used a butternut squash, but you can also cook the flesh of your Halloween pumpkin or buy a nice slice of muscade squash.
Preparation of the squash
In this recipe for rustic cheddar squash tart, the longest step is peeling the squash, which often has tough skin, and cutting the flesh.
1- Cut and peel the squash of your choice.
2- Carefully remove the seeds and fibrous parts.
3- Dice the flesh into small cubes, as shown in the photo.
To prepare this rustic butternut squash and cheddar tart, you need to pre-cook the squash by sautéing it in a pan.
1- Heat olive oil in a pan.
2- Sauté the diced butternut squash over high heat, with salt, pepper, a pinch of cumin, and dried thyme.
3- Reduce the heat and let the squash cook covered for about 25 minutes. Add a little water if necessary to prevent the squash from sticking to the pan.
Assembly of the rustic pie
1- Unroll the shortcrust pastry in a tart pan, keeping the parchment paper.
Note: if you don't have a tart pan, you can also assemble this tart directly on a baking sheet.
2- Spread a tablespoon of Dijon mustard on the bottom of the pastry.
3- Spread the sautéed squash in an even layer.
4- Sprinkle the tart with grated cheddar cheese.
5- Fold the edges of the shortcrust pastry over the filling, pinching the dough between your fingers to give it the characteristic shape of a rustic tart.
Baking the pie
1- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
2- Bake the rustic squash and cheddar tart for 30 minutes until the edges are golden.
After baking, sprinkle the rustic squash and cheddar tart with a few crushed hazelnuts to add some crunch.
This easy-to-make savory tart is an ideal appetizer for a Halloween meal as its orange color and seasonal ingredients perfectly fit the theme.
Note: If you carve a pumpkin to make a Halloween lantern or Jack o' lantern, don't throw away the flesh of this squash! The pumpkins sold for carving at the supermarket are edible and can be used to prepare savory or sweet pies. If you've never tasted the famous American pumpkin pie, try our recipes for pumpkin pie or coconut cinnamon pumpkin pie!