Savory Pear and Gruyere Tart


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large shallots , cut into ¼-inch-thick half moon slices

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme

  • Salt

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough (about 9 ounces), thawed according to package directions

  • All-purpose flour for rolling out the dough

  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese (2 ½ ounces)

  • 2 gently packed cups arugula or baby kale

  • 1 pound firm Beurre d’Anjou pears


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl in the pan. Add the shallot, thyme, and a generous pinch of salt. Cook the shallot, stirring from time to time, until the slices are tender, brown, and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

  3. While the shallot cooks, prepare the dough. Lightly flour your work surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Moisten the perimeter of the dough with a little water using the tip of your finger. Fold the edge of the dough over to form a ¾-inch-wide border.

  4. Lay the cooked shallot slices over the surface of the tart, within the border. Scatter the cheese over the shallots and lay the arugula across the top.

  5. Cut each pear off of its core in 4 cuts. Lay the pear pieces flesh-side down on a cutting board and cut into thin slices (1/16-inch). Arrange the slices in three rows down the length of the tart, overlapping about ¼-inch. Add a small pinch of salt over the pears and put in the oven to bake.

  6. Bake the tart until the pastry is golden brown all over, 20 to 25 minutes. Peek in the oven once or twice during baking. If a section of dough puffs up notably, poke it with the tip of a knife to deflate.

  7. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, and serve.

| Adapted from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook