Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mascarpone Mushroom Tart

I got the idea for creating this next recipe from one of my favorite pasta dishes. I figured I love the combination of mushrooms and caramelized onions in pasta; why not find a way to use them in another dish?! As I was cooking with these ingredients, a variety of other dishes using the same ingredients came to mind. And there is no need to worry because I have jotted these ideas in my cooking journal and plan on sharing them soon! For this recipe, I used mascarpone cheese, an Italian cheese compared to a cream cheese, mushrooms, onions, parmesan cheese, and puff pastry to create a simple yet flavorful dish. Personally, I would serve this tart with a salad or as an appetizer and warm for best taste. Even though I’m sure your guests will love this dish, it’s filled with very rich ingredients; therefore, serving it in smaller portions will allow you and your guests to enjoy without having that feeling of overindulging. I hope you have been inspired to not only re-create this recipe, but some of your very own. And if you do, please be sure to come back and share!

Mascarpone Mushroom Tart
Serves 5, as a side dish

1 sheet puff pastry
8 oz mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, leave ¼ cup aside
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ lbs white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
½  an onion, sliced
½  teaspoon salt
¼  teaspoon black pepper
¼  teaspoon parsley flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced


1. Preheat oven to 400.
2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add in the onions to
cook. Cook the onions until they start to caramelize then add the
mushrooms, parsley, and garlic to the pan. (add a splash of olive oil if needed)
3. Roll out puff pastry onto parchment-lined cookie sheet and prick
all over with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Set
aside to cool when done.
4. In a bowl, mix mascarpone cheese with shredded parmesan cheese and
a pinch of salt. Set aside.
5. Once puff pastry has completely cooled, take mascarpone mix and spread all over puff pastry.
6. Spoon mushroom mix onto puff pastry. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup of parmesan cheese over tart and bake for 15 minutes.

Source: L.Chavez. Sweet,Spicy,and Sassy Original.

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