Mushroom Tart

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This mushroom tart can be easily and quickly put together and pairs best with a medium-bodied red wine.

This mushroom tart can be easily and quickly put together and pairs best with a medium-bodied red wine.

Mushroom Tart

 

Somewhere, close by a thunderstorm is driving our three dogs crazy, which is making writing this post very difficult. I’m not good at multi-tasking. Last spring, I took a creative writing class, and more than a few of my classmates commented on how stormy weather made them better writers. Nope. Not me. I am currently waiting for my electric kettle to beep so I can sip on a hot cup of tea and pretend I’m in Tahiti instead of in California waiting for my sunshine to vanish behind rainclouds. 

This mushroom tart can be easily and quickly put together and pairs best with a medium-bodied red wine.

While I personally feel like today’s recipe is better suited as a starter in fall or winter when everyone is seeking comfort foods to warm up with, this mushroom tart isn’t bound by seasons. Similar to my savory mushroom turnover recipe, which is one of my most popular posts on the blog, it’s really a great recipe to bring out for a party, or when you’re hosting a lot of people for an open house-style gathering.

Like that other recipe, this mushroom tart can be easily and quickly made with either store bought pie dough, or dough that you’ve made yourself and have frozen just for recipes like this. Since I have accumulated a pretty vast collection of different shapes and sizes of tart pans, I generally like to use either a rectangular shaped one or a basic circular tart pan and slice it like a piece of pie. Basically, all you need is a tart pan with a removable bottom for easy baking and serving.

You can bake both the crust and the filling ahead of time, but don’t put it all together until you’re baking it for the second time, otherwise the crust will be soggy by the time it’s being devoured. I like to roll out and freeze my crusts the night before, and cook and refrigerate the filling overnight, allowing it to come to room temperature just before baking. If you’re taking this somewhere, ask your host if you can have use of their oven for about 10-15 minutes just to finish the crust and warm up the filling.

This mushroom tart can be easily and quickly put together and pairs best with a medium-bodied red wine.

Unlike my savory mushroom turnover’s, this mushroom tart needs a wine with a little more oomph. That’s not to say Pinot Noir won’t pair with it, because it will, it just needs a wine with slightly more body that’s got a little more earthiness to it. If you’re unsure what I mean by earthiness, you’ve probably experienced it before when you’ve tasted a wine and thought it perhaps tasted of dirt or even straw. I personally love serving this tart with Grenache, such as McPrice Myers L’Ange Rouge ($42), or even Carignan (care-in-yen), such as Field Records Tommy Town ($22).

If you're on the hunt for other great tart recipes to bring out for special occasions, try the asparagus goat cheese puff pastry tart, or apple thyme tart.

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Mushroom Tart
This easy mushroom tart is best served slightly warm with an earthy red wine such as Grenache or Pinot Noir.
Ingredients
  • 1 store bought or homemade pastry dough, thawed
  • all-purpose dough
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 1/4 cup dried mushrooms, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • shaved parmesan or gruyere
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375ºRoll out the dough to fit the size of your tart pan. Gently place the dough into the tart pan, removing the edges and firmly pinching the edges against the side of the pan. With a fork, pierce the dough all over and place in the freezer, for about 20 minutes.Bake the pastry shell for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to brown. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.To make the filling, melt the butter in a large saute pan. Add the mushrooms and shallot and cook over medium heat until the mushrooms and shallot are just beginning to brown, about 12 minutes. Add the heavy cream, oregano and salt, and pepper. The cream will thicken slightly.Pour filling into pastry shell and bake for at least 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Remove from tart pan and shave cheese over the tart prior to slicing. Serve and enjoy.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings
This mushroom tart is easily and quickly made with store-bought pastry dough. Ideal for parties paired with an earthy red wine. | insolenceandwine.com