These pastries look sweet, but one bite in, you’ll realize there's more than meets the eye: the mini pies are filled with an apple and pork filling, and the crust is rolled out with frozen caramelized onions.
Apples and pork go together like a hammer and nails, so pork was
definitely going to be the meat product of choice. I really wanted to
make this an apple pie with pork in it (as opposed to a pork pie with
apples), so I decided it would need spices like allspice and cloves. I
even resolved to use a fruit crostata
dough with less sugar in it. Still an apple pie with less sugar and
bits of pork in it sounded kind of flat and to be honest, a little
weird, so I did some more thinking. It needed something that could
bridge the gap between sweet and savoury… something that could meld the
light taste of the apples with the richness of the pork and crust…
something like caramelized onions!