This Apple Gorgonzola Crostata is the perfect lunch…or dessert! Made quick with a Pillsbury Pie Crust and CrunchPak Apples, this meal (or sweet treat!) comes together in no time at all!
Fact: Every night after dinner, I want dessert.
Fact: Every night after dinner, I usually have dessert.
It’s just the way I roll, people. I heart dessert. Probably more than I love crust, or at least as much as.
My favorite pie is apple pie. I could eat it, or some version of it, every single day and be a happy girl.
Now, what if I told you you could have apple pie for dinner and dessert? Would your head explode from the paradox, like mine?
Good, then this is the post for you.
I give you dessert-that’s-dinner: Apple Gorgonzola Crostata.
This crostata (aka galette or rustic crusted pie) is made with apples and topped with gorgonzola and walnuts. The addition of the gorgonzola, one of my favorite cheeses, makes it lunch or dinner food, in my book. That’s a savory element – and there ain’t no savory in my desserts, yo’.
Now, there are people that would say, “Why, yes. Gorgonzola is a dessert. Have you ever heard of a cheese platter after dinner?”
To which I’ll reply, “Yes, but I don’t understand. Cheese is an appetizer, not a dessert. Cookies are dessert, not cheese.”
BUT, for those of you that love the after dinner cheese course, this could be your dessert.
However, I highly recommend serving this for dinner or lunch. Then you can eat apple pie for dessert.
It’s pie squared!
This crostata comes together so fast and easy. Just a few simple ingredients combine for a truly rich flavor.
I made this even easier by using CrunchPak Apples. I met the nice folks at Crunchpak at BlogHer Food back in June and they sent me a huge cooler full of their apple packs. Seriously, it was enough for an army. It’s been several weeks, but we still have a couple of the Foodles in the fridge – and they’re still good. That’s why I love CrunchPak apples – they come sliced and stay good forever. Jordan lives on them during the school year because apples are her favorite. With her braces it’s too hard to eat whole apples, so the ready-made slices that don’t brown in her lunchbox are perfect.
You can certainly use regular Granny Smith apples for this crostata, but if you have some CrunchPak in your fridge, it saves the step of coring! I peeled them, and slice the wedges in half, so they’d cook better. You cook the apples with some cinnamon and sugar and butter, then once they’ve softened you mix in some lemon juice and the gorgonzola and walnuts. Add it to the crust (I used a Pillsbury Pie Crust to make this much easier and faster) and bake.
And, if you don’t like gorgonzola, you can substitute your favorite gourmet cheese. Brie would be fabulous, as would white cheddar. Use what you love!
It would be the perfect lunch or dinner, alongside a simple green salad. Or, if you’re that kind of person, it would make the perfect dessert too.
Pie for dinner, pie for dessert. My kind of meal time!
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I received apples from CrunchPak that I used to make this recipe. This post is not sponsored, I just really love their product!