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Wild Mushroom Tartlets

Categories: Entertaining, Finger Foods, New Year's, Party Snacks, Snacks, Vegetarian
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

Earthy mushroom tartlets get an elegant accent with chive hollandaise sauce

Prep Time: 40M, plus chilling

Cooking Time: 40M

Serves: makes 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 oz ( 15g) dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 14oz ( 400g) cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4oz ( 115g) cream cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp chive hollandaise sauce
  • chopped fresh chives, for garnish

For the pastry

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 6 tbsp butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tbsp water
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  1. To make the filling, soak the dried mushrooms in the boiling water for 20 minutes to soften. Drain and chop the soaked mushrooms. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are softened. Add the soaked mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes more, until the mushrooms are sizzling. Stir in the lemon juice. Let cool. Pulse the mushroom mixture and cream cheese in a food processor until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, make the pastry. Pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the egg mixture and pulse just until it clumps together. Gather into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Have ready the tart pans with removable bottoms. Divide the dough into 6 portions, and roll out each on a lightly floured work surface into a 1/8in (3mm) thick round. Line each pan with a round, trimming the excess dough. Prick the dough with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line each tart pan with parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake until the crusts are lightly browned, about 5 minutes more. Remove the pans from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Spread the mushroom mixture in the pastry shells. Top each with 1 tbsp hollandaise sauce. Bake for 10 minutes, until the hollandaise glazes. Remove the tarts from the pans and transfer to plates. Sprinkle with chives and serve hot.
  • six 4in (10cm) tart pans with removable bottoms, baking beans

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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