I hate mushrooms, always have and always will (probably). However, this does not stop me wanting to have a teeny-weeny restaurant called ‘Not Mushroom’ courtesy of Noel Barrowclough’s wonderful sense of humour. However, as much as I do not like mushrooms, I do respect them, they are the perfect replacement for meat if you are a vegetarian as they at least have a little something extra to them, they don’t feel like your average carrot/spout/other generic vegetable.
The time has come anyway to create more vegetarian recipes, so this evening I have created a mushroom tart, which I detest, yet still respect.
I would say this is best served with new potatoes and salad, however really could be had by itself at lunch, or even as a snack. You could even make teeny weeny ones as canape type things!
- Shortcrust Pastry
- 55g Butter
- 80g Plain Flour
- 45g Parmesan Cheese
- 20ml Water
- 200g Chesnut Mushrooms
- 100g Oyster Mushroom
- 1 Leek
- 1 White Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 10ml Oliver Oil
- 10g Thyme
- 125ml White Wine
- 100ml Double Cream
- 2 Handfuls Spinach
- 50g Cheddar Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Make the pastry – Rub together butter, flour, parmesan cheese, salt and make into a soft dough (add water slowly if needed).
- Chill in fridge.
- Slice mushrooms, onion, leeks and crush garlic. Place Olive Oil in frying pan/wok and heat slowly, add the veg (not spinach) and cook on medium heat with thyme, salt and pepper until everything is softened.
- Add wine and cook until almost all the liquid has disappeared.
- Add cream and spinach. Leave to simmer slowly for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile roll out pastry into 15cm discs. Place in tart molds (not on baking tray as picture shows).
- When cream has thickened add more black pepper and spoon into pastry shells.
- Grate cheddar cheese on each tart.
- Place in oven at Gas Mark 6/200C for 15 minutes (until pastry browned)
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Let me know if you give it a go on the Jess’s Messes Facebook Page, it could be generally just detest, but hopefully (even if you’re not a mushroom fan) you will see the respect side too!