Such an Easy Appetizer



Made a mushroom tart the other day that was so easy - and so delicious - I thought I’d pass the recipe on.

Saute 3 minced shallots in a tablespoon of butter. When the fragrance begins to rise from the pan, add 12 ounces or so of ordinary mushrooms and saute until they’ve surrendered all their juices. Keep cooking until the liquid has evaporated.  (At medium heat this will take 20 to 30 minutes.)  Add salt and pepper, then a good slug of cream sherry, and cook, stirring, until the sherry has cooked away.  Set aside to cool. 

Preheat the oven to 400. 

Plunk a package of defrosted frozen puff pastry (I use Dufour) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Spread 12 ounces of well-drained ricotta (I like Bellweather Farms basket ricotta, which is pre-drained), across the pastry, then cover it with the mushrooms.  Grate a small blizzard of parmesan cheese across the top and put it into the oven for about 25 minutes.

This will serve 8 people as a cocktail snack.






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Hi John,

Yes, I used an entire package of Dufour. You could probably use less and roll it out. But it worked well with an entire package.

Nice to see a recipe with ordinary ingredients, made extraordinary. My kind of recipe, thanks!
Lynn at Southern Fried French

This looks amazing.

One question, if you don't mind: The Dufour pastry comes in a 14 oz. package; I assume we use the whole package? It looked like it in the photo, but I wasn't sure.

Thank you!

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