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Savory Apple Sausage Tart

Caramelized onions, spicy Italian sausage, and sweet apple on an herbed ricotta, spread over puff pastry - whether served as an appetizer or snack, this Savory Apple Sausage Tart is sure to please any fall flavor-loving crowd! 

Serves 4     adjust servings

Preparation 10m Cook Time 30m Total Time


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 links Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into rings
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sage, chopped, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unfold the pastry sheet on the parchment. Lightly score the edges with a knife, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the square. Brush the edges with the beaten egg, then set the egg aside. Prick the center of the pastry thoroughly with a fork, then refrigerate until ready to use.

In a skillet set over medium heat, cook the sausage until it's just browned throughout, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet but retain half of the grease. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the butter and oil to the skillet and swirl. When melted and shimmering, caramelize the onion rounds for about 8 minutes on each side until they're a dark golden brown.

In a medium bowl, combine remaining egg, ricotta cheese, thyme, rosemary, 1/2 tablespoon of the sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until combined.

Remove pastry from refrigerator. Spread ricotta mixture on top within the 1/2-inch border. Top with caramelized onions, sliced apples, and cooked sausage. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the outer edge of the pastry is golden brown and cooked through. Garnish with remaining fresh sage when ready to serve.


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