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Rustic Squash Tarts

This recipe is hiding a big surprise. Flaky, rustic-looking pastry shells hold a sweet and spicy pecan layer under the squash slices. —Ann Marie Moch, Kintyre, ND
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 tarts (8 servings each)


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 medium acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground pecans
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine squash and water. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; return to bowl. In a small bowl, combine oil, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper; drizzle onto squash and toss to coat. In another small bowl, combine the flour, pecans, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Unfold pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Roll each pastry to 1/8-in. thickness; transfer each to an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with pecan mixture. Arrange squash slices to within 1-1/2 in. of edges, alternating slices of butternut and acorn squash.
  • Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving centers uncovered. Brush pastry with egg. Dot squash with butter. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 279 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.
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    Sep 19, 2015

    It was good but I think the thyme overpowered the cinnamon, nutmeg, pecan mixture. I agree the squash needs to be almost completely cooked, not just crisp tender but all in all we enjoyed it and I will make it again with less thyme.

  • germanycook
    Oct 16, 2012

    Didn't give this 5 stars because I thought the squash should be more softer than it was..... but it was a very good and different side dish, had lots of positive comments about it! Next time I will just cook the squash longer in the microwave :)

  • darcorama
    Nov 2, 2009

    I really enjoyed this recipe. It is simple but looks really impressive and the flavors are a delicious combination that really reflects autumn. Goes great with any kind of meat and a salad. Everyone who has tried it has loved it!

  • bpettus02
    Sep 11, 2009

    This is very impressive and unusual and makes a lot (2 tarts can easily be a nice side for 11 or so people at Christmas, etc.). My family still refers to this tart even though I made it a couple of years ago--I guess I'd better put it on the menu again!

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