French Mushroom Tart
One of the great advantage of living in the Northwest is the availability of wild mushrooms almost all year around! I had some friends over and wanted to feature them in a classy way. So I adapted an old classic French tart made with mostly caramelized onions and incorporated the mushrooms. The result was divine! I should have doubled the recipe because no piece was left. It was a success!
4-5 cups of mushrooms (shitake, porcini*, chanterelle, white caps etc.)
1 large yellow or red onion
1 Tbl balsamic vinegar
1 Tbl soy sauce
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp rosemary ground
1/2 tsp oregano
1 package of Puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm is a popular one*)
some soy milk* I used some dried porcini mushrooms that I re-hydrated in hot water and reused the water to add extra flavor my mushroom mixture.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
(this part requires gentle hands and staying in the kitchen to watch over the oven during the pre-baking period)
- Place the puff pastry in the refrigerator the night before.
- Start cooking the mushroom mixture.
- Mince the onions. Pan fry it in a little olive oil.
- Sprinkle the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce on the onions and mix. They will caramelize. When all the liquid is absorbed, pour a little water to deglaze them. Cover and lower the heat.
- Prepare the mushrooms. Wash and rinse them. Remove the stems and cube.
- Add the mushrooms to the onions and mix well. Sprinkle with salt pepper, rosemary and oregano. Cover and lower the heat for 5 mn. Remove the cover and let the juice evaporate. Taste and season again if needed.
HOW TO WORK WITH PUFF PASTRY
- In the meantime, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or by lightly oiling it. Turn the oven on to 350F.
- Open the package of puff pastry. Carefully unroll the dough. If it is too soft, put in back in the fridge until it has hardened a little.
- Place one sheet down on the baking sheet. Use the other sheet and cut small strips to create an edge all around if you want a square tart. Poke holes everywhere.
- Bake for 10 mn. It will puff a lot. Take it out push down to let the heat escape. Return to the oven for another 8-10 mn. Watch so that it doesn’t burn. Take out. Let it cool off for a few minutes.
- Spoon the mushroom mixture in the middle.
- An hour before you plan to serve, bake again for 20 mn covered with aluminum foil. Remove the foil and bake for another 10mn. Serve immediately if possible. Goes great with a spinach or kale salad.
*Other brands of vegan puff pastry are: Dufour Pastry Kitchen
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