Chanterelle Mushrooms With Blue Cheese Pie

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Category: Cocktails & Appetizers | Blog URL: http://junglefrog-cooking.com/chanterelles-tart/

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.

Ingredients

puff pastry (about 4 sheets if using squares)
100 grams Blue cheese
50 grams Pecorino grated
1 pcs egg for eggwash
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation

1
Preheat the oven to 225°C.
2
Cut the chanterelles into manageable sizes. Keep in mind it needs to fit on top of the puff pastry and you don't want huge chunks here but not too small either. In a bowl toss the mushrooms with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
3
Take the puff pastry (defrosted ofcourse) and put some of the mushrooms in the middle, making sure to leave the sides free. Don't be too shy; you want to have a nice little pile of mushrooms there. They will decrease in size in the oven.
4
Generously add little chunks of the blue cheese here and there. Make sure to have an even distribution of cheesy goodness there. Once done sprinkle the grated pecorino on top.
5
Put some eggwash on the sides of the puff pastry and fold it creatively in a little basket, so that the cheese stays in when it starts to melt. Plus the corners will become nice and crispy too. Pinch it tightly to make sure it stays put once heated.
6
Put the little pies in the oven for about 12 minutes on high, then bring the temperature down to 190 °C and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

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Comments

Ken Wetherell's picture

This sounds so good I'm not sure it's even legal! ;)

Our food co-op, People's, in SE Portland, Oregon carries chantarelle's when they are in season. Often they are bought directly from authorized harvesters as they come back from collecting them from the Cascades. This is an absolutely delicious fungus!

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I was so happy when we went to the farmer's market in Amsterdam on saturday to find an entire stall filled with all sorts of mushrooms. Remember that in the supermarkets here you can only ever find button mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms and the occassional oyster mushroom and shiitake if you're really lucky. But I had never even seen Chanterelles, let alone eaten them fresh, so I was quite excited when we found them in the market. They had other varieties of mushrooms as well that I had never seen before, but I couldn't bring all of that with me ofcourse so had to do with just the chanterelles.
I wanted to make these as an appetizer for when my friend would come over for dinner tuesday and Olga had come with the suggestion of making them into a tart with puff pastry. Which reminded me I still had puff pastry in the freezer, so that would be perfect to make some quick appetizer for dinner. The main would be work enough so I didn't want to spend more time in the kitchen then I had to.

Because I wanted to try out the flavors I made a little one in the afternoon with chestnut mushrooms and the cheese I bought and it was delicious. And it is really almost too simple to throw together and looks quite good and tastes fantastic. You can ofcourse use any kind of mushroom you want with this, but the chanterelles were very tasty. I actually made this three times now and the flavors get better everytime I make it, so just use your own taste to put whatever in that you like.

I used storebought puff pastry, but if you have anything leftover in the freezer from the Daring Bakers challenge you can certainly use that!

Storebought however, is especially quick since you don't have anything to roll. In the Netherlands puff pastry is sold in little square packets with separate sheets about 10-15 cm square and already thin enough to use as it is. Ideal for these little pies.

Tomato version

I also made a version with tomatoes for the simple fact that I did not have enough chanterelles left for the second pie (I had already made the pie two times before at that point, so they were gone... :( ) so I filled it up a bit with little pomodori tomatoes, which worked very well too. It's a little less strong in taste and I prefer the flavors of the chanterelle only version, but ofcourse you could make endless variations with this. Maybe add a little fresh thyme to it (which I didn't have in the studio when taking the photos) or mix the mushrooms or... well, just go wild.

Yield:

4.0

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 1:15am

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