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Brussel Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto

Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto Recipe

Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto
Thanksgiving is next week. Did I just blow your mind? Fine, maybe not. Maybe you are a person who has things together, who plans everything in advance, and for that, I commend you. I used to be that person too. But then I turned into a person says “Have a good weekend!” on Tuesdays and who does all her Christmas shopping the day before Christmas. I have no sense of time and no have-it-togetherness. Evidenced by my use of the word “have-it-togetherness.”

The thought of hosting a Thanksgiving gathering makes me a little bit woozy, in fact. There is so much planning involved! It’s kind of like Tetris, except instead of fitting together colorful shapes, you’re figuring out when to put the gratin in the oven when the breadsticks need to be cooked at the same time, but at a different temperature or how you’re going to cook 5 different things on the stovetop when you only have 4 burners. Also, there’s no Russian-y Tetris music playing while you figure this stuff out, which makes it much less fun.

Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto and CranberriesWell, this is the kind of main dish that makes things a little bit easier. Here’s the game plan: you make the pesto and the brussel sprout topping the day before. On Thanksgiving day, you’ll prepare the puff pastry crusts and top themโ€”they only take 15 minutes total in the oven, so after your gratins and casseroles and whatnot have finished cooking, cover them to keep them warm, then pop the tarts in the oven.

It’s nice to have vegetarian main dishes that double as sides for everyone else on Thanksgivingโ€”less alienation! I’ve paired brussel sprouts with apples before and it’s one of the most popular recipes on Oh My Veggies. Brussel sprouts go so well with a little bit of sweetness. This tart is the perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors, with a flaky puff pastry crust to boot.

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Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto

Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto Recipe

A puff pastry tart topped with brussel sprouts, apples, and walnut pesto. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed according to package directions
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ยฐF.
  2. Put the walnuts, 1/4 cup of cheese, and olive oil in a food processor and process until crumbly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the brussel sprouts and apple slices; cook about 10 minutes more, or until apples and sprouts are beginning to brown. Stir in the maple syrup and thyme, then remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the puff pastry on baking sheets lined with Silpats or parchment paper; roll the pastry out to about 9×12 inches. Bake for 8โ€“10 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown. Gently press down the center of the pastry, leaving a 1-inch margin on all sides. Sprinkle the pesto onto the crust, then top with half the cheese, the sprouts and apples, then the remaining cheese. (You might have some of the sprout mixture leftover.) Return to the oven for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese, then top with the cranberries. Cut each tart into 6 pieces and serve.

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  • Reply
    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I love your Tetris analogy, haha. I agree, the idea of hosting Thanksgiving gives me anxiety.
    I am drooling over this tart. Brussel sprouts are just so dang good right now and I bet they are amazing with the apples. I can see why that is one of your most popular recipes!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      They really are amazing with apples! It sounds like a weird combination, but it works. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    November 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    When you make pizza… it’s always an explosion of creativity! It makes me think, every time: “why did n’t I think of it before?”.

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook
    November 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Glad I don’t have to cook for Thanksgiving yet! …and I’m totally with you on the timing thing. Today, I was leaving a friend’s house and said, “See you….soon? What day is it??”
    This tart looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. I never know what day it is anymore. It’s starting to get a little bit scary.

      Happy Friday!

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    mjskit
    November 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Finally, a way to enjoy Brussels sprouts! I’ve seen a lot of recipes lately with the shaved sprouts and finally tried one. Delicious. So now I can honestly say that this tart looks quite tasty and, yes, something that I would eat. So pretty too.

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I like them shaved or thinly sliced too! It seems to help with the bitterness.

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    Nicky
    November 22, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Just made this tonight! AMAZING!!! One of my new favorites and very easy to make!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you for your comment–I’m so glad you liked it!

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    Genevieve
    November 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Oven juggling is the worst! Something always ends up getting cooked improperly, and unfortunately the veggie side dishes usually seem to get last priority! On the bright side, I love the idea of this tart! I’ve always wanted to try shredded brussels sprouts as a pizza topping, but I like how you made it a bit more fancy with the pesto and puff pastry.

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I’ve been wanting to make a Brussels sprout pizza too. I have an idea for one, I just need to make it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    kim kindrew
    November 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I’m making this. And playing Tetris music in my head. Thanks for the recipe. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I had Tetris music in my head for several days after writing this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Brittany
    November 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this coming week — this year has gone by so quickly! That said, this main entrรฉe looks absoltutely delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I know, right?! And soon it will be Christmas!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    SERIOUSLY…you did it!!! All my favorite things into one dish!!! These photos looked so good I wanted to lick the computer screen!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      It’s all of my favorite things too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania
    November 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This tart looks so delicious. I am sure it is just perfect for the Thanksgiving!! Absolutely fantastic idea and next time Iโ€™ll need some brussels sprouts to try this for sure!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      It’s definitely a great main dish or side for Thanksgiving!

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    Shikha @ Shikha la mode
    November 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This looks delicious – what a great way to use up leftover veggies too!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      It would definitely work well with leftovers!

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    Yasmeen | Wandering Spice
    November 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

    You’re tugging on my heartstrings with this recipe. I’ve found a fellow brussels sprout lover! Beautiful combination with the apple and walnut pesto. I can definitely see this in my work lunchbox with a crunchy salad.

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Oh yes, I definitely love me some sprouts. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny how people either love them SO much or can’t stand the mere thought of them!

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    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    November 28, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Love it! The Brussels sprout and apple combo again, dressed up for Thanksgiving! A little sweetness is the best thing for Brussels sprouts and the apples provide that. The walnut pesto, cranberries, and puff pastry turn this into a very cool main dish!

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Yes, I always need some sweetness with my Brussels sprouts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Alanna @ One Tough Cookie
    November 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Woah! This tart looks incredible! Thanksgiving’s passed already for us Torontonians, but it’s always wonderful to have another vegetarian main to add to the repertoire!

    p.s. Loving the new layout of the site, by the way!

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      Kiersten
      November 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      It’s perfect for Christmas too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and thank you! We are still working on perfecting the layout, but I was excited to change things up a little bit.

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    rebecca
    November 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    looks so good and in season hope you had a great thanksgiving

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you–I hope yours was great too!

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    heather @ heatheromade
    December 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    yes to this recipe, to tetris & to saying have a good weekend on tuesdays. i’m with ya sister. hope you had a fantastic thanksgiving!

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      Kiersten
      December 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I did–I hope yours was great too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Deena kakaya
    December 2, 2013 at 3:07 am

    What a beautiful and seasonal way to use Brussels cx

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    [email protected] n Dishes
    December 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I love how easy store bought puff pastry makes life! The flavors of this tart are just perfect together and totally up my alley!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I know, right?! I’ve seen recipes for making it yourself, but I’m far too lazy for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        [email protected] n Dishes
        December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

        I made puff pastry from scratch long ago, back when I subscribed to Martha Stewart mag. I stopped the subscription because I felt like if I didn’t make, bake, or craft it from scratch that I was an utter failure. Now I buy my puff pastry and I’m not ashamed of it!

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          Kiersten
          December 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

          Ha! I know the feeling. I would read her calendar and feel like such a loser because my days are like, “Make frozen burrito for lunch” and “Put on pants.”

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    Ari
    December 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I Love The Sound Of This Recipe, However I’m Allergic To Walnuts, Almonds, Cashews, Pine Nuts, Macadamia Nuts And Pecans. Do You Have A PEsto Recipe Made With Pistachios Or SomethingElse? ThankYou

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      Kiersten
      December 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      You could try substituting the walnuts with pistachios, but I’ve never made a pesto with pistachios before so I’m not sure how it would turn out.

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    December 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Mmmm…delicious-looking tart!

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    Asmita
    December 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Simply gorgeous!

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    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes
    December 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Oh yummy! I love these the pesto and apple combo in this. I love all kinds of tarts and pizzas. I would have never thought to add apples or brussels sprouts to something like this. I am definitely pinning this for dinner sometime soon!

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      Kiersten
      December 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks for the pin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jackie {The Beeroness}
    December 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    That looks so good! I would even serve that for breakfast topped with a poached egg. Beautiful!

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    December 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing!!

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    Caroline
    December 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t tell you how badly I want a piece of this right now! What great flavor combinations! Unfortunately, it’s bedtime for meโ€ฆbut I’m pinning this to make for dinner this week!

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      Kiersten
      December 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Yay! I hope you like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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