Pancetta, Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tart


Tomorrow! Big day! Are you stressed yet? Are you skipping washing dishes and going out to eat instead? I’ve done this a few times. I ain’t mad at you. I get it. I do.

Are you in another country and totally sick of Thanksgiving talk? I feel you…don’t worry, it’s almost over.

Today is all about prep.

This means sweats, music blasting, warm socks, turkey brining in a gigantic paint bucket, pie making…kinda fun! Kinda stressful.

You need a snack…

This is the Thanksgiving-ish appetizer version of this calzone. It’s a place where scraps and leftover stuff in your fridge flourish.

Look in your fridge, see what you got going on!

You could make this today when you’re scooting around the kitchen and need something to eat so you stop eating the apple pie filling.

You could make this tomorrow for a nice little appetizer. Cut it up and put it on a pretty plate.

Or you could make this on Friday (and the next day or the next day)…using Thanksgiving leftovers.

I had a leftover sheet of puff pastry from this Apple Danish. I had some pancetta from these muffins. I had some onions and butternut squash because for the past few months I haven’t NOT had them.

I decided to put them (with goat cheese and cheddar) on a sheet of buttery puff pastry until warm and golden brown. Such a good idea.

You’re gonna roll out the puff pastry, take a knife and make a 1-inch trim, being sure not to cut all the way through.

This will make sure the middle won’t puff up as much as the border. Take a fork and poke some holes in the center. Par bake that shiz for 10-15 minutes…

and then…toppings!

I use stuff I had. I urge you to do this too. I love this combo but this post is all about leftovers!!

I hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving, friends!!

I heart you big time.


Pancetta, Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tart

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1 yellow onion, sliced
1 cup cubed butternut squash
1/2 cup pancetta, diced
Flour, for dusting work surface
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
3 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add yellow onions and pinch of salt. Cook until caramelized, about 25-30 minutes, being sure to stir regularly.

2. Meanwhile, place cubed butternut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until tender with a fork.

3. Once caramelized onions are done, transfer to a bowl and set aside. In the same skillet cook pancetta for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crispy.

4. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a rectangle. (Mine ended up being a 14-by-10-inch rectangle.) Carefully transfer puff pastry onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, lighttly “score” the pastry dough, 1-inch in from the edges. Next, using a fork, poke holes inside the markings. This will ensure that the outside trim puffs up and not the center. Bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.

5. Evenly spread softened goat cheese in the center of the pastry. Top with shredded cheddar, butternut squash, caramelized onions and pancetta. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. And transfer back to the oven and bake for 15 minutes more, or until cheese is melted and edges are golden brown.

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  • Reply Katrina November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Absolutely delicious! Love this.

  • Reply Bev Weidner November 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Have an awesome Thanksgiving too, Adrianna!

    This tart has me sort of trembling. NEED.

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) November 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    i’m not stressed because i’m not cooking tomorrow (woohoo!!!) but i could STILL use a snack – that’s ok, right? 🙂

  • Reply Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life November 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    So elegant and it looks incredible! Have a great Thanksgiving, Adrianna!!

  • Reply Sue/the view from great island November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I’m going to make the day after Thanksgiving, it’s just the kind of food I crave after all the holiday craziness.

  • Reply Monica @ Soirees & Such November 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This looks really good! you made me hungry!

  • Reply yummy supper November 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Adrianna, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you!
    I so wish I could eat a piece of that tart right now. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I completely forgot that of course we need to eat today as well;)

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven November 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I live in Canada so we did our Thanksgiving a month ago, so no stress for me this weekend! Which is great, now I get to gawk at all these great ideas for my dinner next year, or maybe for next week just for fun!!

  • Reply Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    This looks delicious – after Thanksgiving 😉 Today, I am surviving on protein bars and scrubbing the baseboards. NO ONE is allowed in the kitchen!

  • Reply nicole {sweet peony} November 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    this tart is so pretty! happy thanksgiving adrianna!

  • Reply Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet November 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    My dad always made a plate of nachos on big meal prep days: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve. But this sounds just as filling and delicious. Yum!

    • Reply Adrianna November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Your dad sounds awesome. I dig the nachos idea!!

  • Reply Lena November 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    this is so perfect for after Thanksgiving, since I just so happen to have lots of cheese and squash left in my apartment, and it’ll be waiting for me to come back on Friday. I think I have a bottle of wine waiting for me also…
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Holly Henderson November 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Loving caramelized onions lately. Just made this Caramelized Onion Jam the other day that I’ve already used on scrambled eggs and pizza:

    • Reply Adrianna November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Oh that looks delicious! I need to just have that stuff in my fridge at all times.

  • Reply Anna November 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    What a pretty and comforting idea! Bookmarked:) Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Ashley November 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Beautiful!! I could go for some flaky tart crust right now!!

  • Reply Natashia@foodonpaper November 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Ooh this looks yum! I’m celebrating Thanksgiving this year for the first time! A bit excited – an American friend living in Australia has organised a whole day of turkey and pumpkin eating..

  • Reply kyleen November 24, 2011 at 4:49 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! My mouth is watering.

  • Reply Anna McGee November 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I can’t wait to make this, even after Thanksgiving day or this Christmas. Looks super delicious.
    Happy Thanksgiving day!!

  • Reply Amy @ Tasty Top November 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Growing up in an italian household i’ve had my share of Pancetta. This looks so yummy. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Maria @ Orchard Bloom November 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    YUM YUM YUM. I am def making this!

  • Reply Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy November 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    That tart looks delicious! I def want to make this!

  • Reply Stewart Matarese November 29, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Wow, I was having a really bad day today, and when I read this post and everyone’s comments, it made me laugh out loud several times over. Thanks :).

  • Reply Kelly November 30, 2011 at 12:10 am

    What a gorgeous omelet! You never cease to amaze me with your recipes and pictures 🙂

  • Reply Sugel December 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

    These tempting appetizers look like they’re difficult to make…but they’re not.  They feature a spinach, onion and cheese filling simply rolled up in flaky puff pastry and sliced into pinwheels.