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Savory Pumpkin Tart with Aged Cheddar

Savory Pumpkin Tart with Aged CheddarDiced green chiles, crisp pieces of smoked bacon and cheddar cheese combined with pumpkin create an extraordinary flavor combination for the filling in this savory tart. Ideal served as both an appetizer and entrée tart.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (9 to 10-inch) refrigerated pie crust (or use our favorite recipe, Basic Pie Crust 101.)

Filling:
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/3 cups canned pure pumpkin
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 (4-ounce) can diced mild green chiles
6 slices smoked bacon, fried crisp, drained and crumbled
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin Aged Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 450°F (230°C).
  2. Fit pie crust into pan; flute edges. Prick all over with fork. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
  4. For Filling: sauté onions in butter in small skillet about 3 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
  5. Combine pumpkin, half-and-half, eggs, chiles, bacon, seasonings and sautéed onion in large bowl, mixing well. Stir in cheddar. Pour into prepared pie shell.
  6. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 entrée, or 12 appetizer servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.