Food and Food: Home Cookin'19 Nov 2008 12:00 pm

Last week, at Costco of all places, I saw that chanterelle mushrooms are making their annual autumn appearance in the supermarkets.

Chanterelles are a fabulous ‘shroom. Chewy, fragrant and extremely woodsy flavoured and scented. For $10 or so, I got a large pack from Costco, probably around a pound of mushrooms. I thought at first I might make mushroom soup, but that seemed too predictable. I wasn’t quite up to doing a pasta or risotto with them, so I put a twist on a classic Martha Stewart recipe. It’s one I’ve made before to great success: asparagus gruyere tart.

Chanterelle Onion tart with goat cheese

Ingredients

  • mushrooms. I used a mix of chanterelles, oysters and dehydrated porcinis, just for variety, about 1 pound
  • one onion
  • one clove garlic
  • goat cheese (amount to your liking)
  • gruyere cheese (grated, about 1 1/2 cup)
  • one sheet of frozen puff pastry dough (thawed as per box instructions)

Sautee and carmelize the onion, then set aside. In the same pan, sautee garlic, then add mushrooms. Cook until soft, over medium heat.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Remove pastry shell from oven, and sprinkle with gruyere. Layer onions, then mushroom mix. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with goat cheese, pop back in oven until that has melted.

This was an excellent way to use the chanterelles. It highlighted their flavour and showcased them on a light crispy dough. Sort of a poor man’s pizza.

A better look at the chanterelles. I should really get a mushroom brush; there was a lot of dirt and small bits of fern on them! Straight from the woods to the oven.

One Response to “Mushroom Tart”

  1. on 21 Nov 2008 at 4:40 pm The other Jeffrey Lebowski, the millionaire

    More like a rich man’s pizza. This stuff is delicious.