Savory Apple Thyme Tart

This Savory Apple Thyme Tart with caramelized onion and gruyere makes a wonderful vegetarian meal, especially when served alongside a simple green salad. 

apple thyme tart

I’m a little worried because John caught a sick bug last night. Scratchy throat, cough, sad puppy eyes, the works. Why do guys turn into helpless babies when they’re sick? I find it kind of endearing, actually. I like making him tea and taking care of him.

apple thyme tart

But so help me if I catch what he’s got.

It can’t happen. I have the most insane schedule next week. Like Monday-Sunday, morning-night cooking jobs. No breaks, no days off. Not every week is so jam-packed, but this one is. So…getting sick is not an option. And the thing that sucks about being self-employed is that there’s no such thing as paid sick days. If you can’t work, you don’t make money.

apple thyme tart dough

So I am careful and committed when it comes to staying sick-free. If someone so much as sneezes in my vicinity I’m running off to Whole Foods to pick up every immune boosting concoction in stock- oregano oil, echinacea, elderberry, give me all of it. This method has worked out really well so far; I haven’t been sick in years (I hope I’m not jinxing myself).

Apple Thyme Tart ingredients

Keeping illness at bay keeps me in the kitchen so that I can keep making deliciously fancy things like this Savory Apple Thyme Tart. What is it about a savory tart that makes you feel like a domestic goddess? I totally channeled my inner Ina with this tart. It’s got nutty gruyere, caramelized onion, a hint of Dijon, tangy green apple and it’s accented with fresh thyme.

apple thyme tart

Of course I prefer making the dough from scratch, but let’s say it’s a weeknight and you’ve got a sick hubby laid up on the couch to tend to and you just need to get a delicious dinner on the table in a hurry. Here’s a little shortcut to get this savory apple thyme tart on the table lickety-split: use pre-made pie dough. It will save you tons of time with equally delicious results. Then just toss together a simple green salad to serve with it and you’re good to go.


Savory Apple Thyme Tart

This Savory Apple Thyme Tart with caramelized onion and gruyere makes a wonderful vegetarian meal, especially when served alongside a simple green salad. 

Servings 2
Author Denisse


  • 1 batch store bought or home made pie dough 1 roll of store bought pie dough is enough for two individual 6 inch tarts
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced into thin rings
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 apple cored and thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and press into two six-inch tart pans, trimming off excess. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Line the dough with parchment paper and top with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights. Continue baking until the crust is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes more.
  3. Transfer tart pans to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and swirl the pan to combine. Add the onions and cook until lightly browned and starting to caramelize, about 8 minutes per side. Remove from heat.

  5. In a small bowl, stir together the crème fraîche and mustard and spread evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and the thyme. Arrange the apple slices and onions on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake on the top oven rack until the pastry is golden and the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then garnish with thyme, cut into slices and serve.

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  1. Barbara Alfeo

    I absolutely love your recipe! I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2018 (to encourage people to try meatless monday- everyone has to start somewhere) and would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?


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