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Apple Gorgonzola Crostata

One of my favorite appetizers that packs an impressive punch is a crostata. While they are more popularly served as a sweet dessert, they're often served in savory applications as well in Italy. I love a crostata so much for that reason: you can really fill it with just about anything.

This one is perfect for fall and winter, where apples and walnuts shine. A bit of gorgonzola is incredibly impactful in adding a rich, bold, savory flavor throughout.

It's great to serve room temperature, too - bake it up and let it sit for a couple of hours and it's still absolutely delicious to serve.

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Apple Gorgonzola Crostata

Category

Appetizer Snack

Servings

8

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Calories

432

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For The Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, (cubed and chilled)
  • 1/3 cup ice water plus 1 tablespoon if needed
  • For The Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, (melted)
  • 4 small Granny Smith apples, (peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 large egg, (lightly beaten)

Instructions

  1. To a large bowl add the flour, cornmeal and salt. Use your hand to combine everything together. Add the cold butter and begin quickly working it with your fingers, smearing it slightly to make small streaks of butter with flour and pieces of butter the size of a chickpeas. Do not over work. Add the ice water and stir to combine. When it is just starting to come together, pour the mixture out onto a clean surface and knead the mixture 4 or 5 times to bring it together. Form a flat disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling: Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the apple slices, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened, but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, walnuts, and Gorgonzola.
  3. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of a 12 by 17-inch baking sheet and place on a work surface. Place the chilled dough on the parchment paper. Roll the dough out into an 11-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Lift the parchment paper and transfer to the baking sheet. Spoon the apple filling into the center of the dough. Spread the filling evenly, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 8-inch round. Pleat the edge of the pastry and pinch to seal any cracks in the dough.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with the beaten egg. Bake until the crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
432
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
45 grams
Protein
7 grams
Fat
26 grams
Saturated Fat
13 grams
Trans Fat
1 grams
Cholesterol
76 milligrams
Sodium
493 milligrams
Fiber
4 grams
Sugar
16 grams
Unsaturated Fat
11 grams

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