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Butternut Squash Tart

I can’t stop making tarts.


It’s a real problem.

Hm, or is it?

Okay, here’s the thing about tarts. THEY ARE SO SIMPLE. And for the fall months, let’s be real. All you REALLY want for dinner is something cheesy and crusty to keep you warm while marathoning your Netflix shows. Throw some tomato soup on the side and you’ve got yourself some dinner bliss.

I’ve turned Deb Perelman’s Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette into a tasty tart — perfect for dinner or served cold for brunch! The butternut squash from Johnson’s Pumpkin farm is so tender and tasty. That’s what I like to call LOCAL produce.

Butternut Squash Tart with Sweet Caramelized Onions and Fontina // Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Yields 6 servings

1 store-bought 9-inch pie crust
2 small butternut squash (approximately 500-600g)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 small vidalia onions, halved and thinly sliced into “half moons”
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
pinch of cayenne pepper (if desired)
6-7oz fontina cheese, shredded
3 fresh thyme sprigs

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel and halve the squash, scooping out the seeds and “goop”. Roughly dice squash into 1/4-inch cubes. In a medium bowl, toss the cubed squash in 1 tbsp olive oil and then spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast the squash for about 30 minutes, turning once halfway to allow for even browning.
2. While the squash is roasting, begin caramelizing the onions by melting the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, sugar, salt, and cayenne and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Lightly grease a tart/pie pan. Add the store-bought pie dough, using your fingers to press around the edges, forming the dough to the shape of the pan.
4. When the squash and onions are done, combine in a large bowl with the shredded fontina. Mix gently.
5. Pour the squash mixture into the pie pan and spread the mixture out evenly. Bake until golden brown, 30-45 minutes. The fontina will brown quite nicely!
6. Sprinkle fresh thyme over the tart when it comes out of the oven — and enjoy warm or cold, as leftovers!

Roasting squash





Here’s hoping this keeps you warm while you catch up on YOUR shows. By the way, if you’re not already watching Luther, you need to be.

xo Cassie


  1. We’ve just watched the first Luther disc (3 episodes) – more to come. At first we weren’t sure but by the third episode we were hooked! Ruth Wilson (Alice) is such a good actress – we’re also watching her (with yummy Dominic West) in The Affair on Sunday nights after Homeland!

    OK, this looks like an amazing tart and will go on my “to cook” list. I knew you’d love the Johnson farm squash – so much better than those rock hard ones from the grocery store!

    Please come over with mom on Monday – we’ll look forward to it so much.
    Happy weekend – I see you sent me mail! Thanks so much – will not open until Sunday. xoxoxox

    • Was so nice seeing you and Granddad yesterday — and thank you so much for the muffins! I will definitely be making a batch this winter. Perhaps I’ll try them with chopped sweetened cranberries instead of raisins, and maybe another batch with simply carrots and walnuts. I’ll have to look into The Affair! Is it one that Richard would enjoy, too?!

      xo Cassie

      • I made another batch early this morning! I cut the sugar with Truvia Baking Mix and used all buttermilk . Instead of all carrots I did 1.5 cups carrots and .5 cup zucchini – needed to be used up before we go away! Must say they are awesome – so far today that’s all we’ve eaten – 1 for breakfast and 1 for lunch!!

        Oh yes, I think Richard would like The Affair – it’s cleverly done and has you wondering who’s telling the truth, plus it’s really making us think about just who has been killed! It’s very adult! The kitties can watch but not the neighbor’s kids, haha!

        Luther bowled us over again last night – we actually watched all 3 episodes, just stopping to wash dishes and stretch my wicked hip! I did not get good news about that today!

        Love you.

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