I’ve shared with you before my affinity for turning traditionally sweet dishes into savory ones. First, there was the Blackberry Tart. Followed by the French Toast. And now, an apple galette. It’s quite evident I have an addiction.
And it’s called salt.
I enjoy a good apple pie or cobbler. And if there is caramel sauce involved, please step aside. But, I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit for week 5 of the Harvard Farmers’ Market. When I visited this past Saturday, I chatted with the lovely lady at Springdell Farm about my intentions. She suggested MacIntosh and Sanza apples and filled my bag with a half-dozen of each. Always eager to help, Tommy carried the bag to the car and exclaimed that this was much easier than apple picking. Nice try. There is still a good month left for apple picking here in New England and I have my sights set on many, many caramel apple treats.
Boston-area readers, stop by the Harvard Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9-1 for local produce, breads, cheese, meats and handmade goodies. And visit Springdell Farm at their little white farm stand on 119 in Littleton. Previous Harvard Farmers’ Market recipes can be found here or via the link on the right nav.
Apple, Cheddar & Thyme Galette
serves 4 as an appetizer
1 puff pastry sheet, rolled thin
1 c and 1 T shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 t fresh thyme leaves, plus additional for garnish
3 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4" slices
juice of 1 lemon
2 T honey
1/2 t cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400F. Place pastry on a non-stick baking sheet, and trim edges to make a circle. In a small bowl, mix together 1 c Cheddar, salt, pepper and thyme. Sprinkle pastry with cheese, leaving a 1" border on all sides. In a large bowl, combine apple slices, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon. Mix well. Arrange apples on pastry, on top of Cheddar. Fold edges of pastry toward center, pressing gently to seal (dough will only partially cover apples). Sprinkle with 1 T Cheddar and garnish with thyme. Transfer baking sheet to oven, and bake for 30 minutes, pressing pastry sides in every 10 minutes, if needed, until crust is golden brown.