Savory Mushroom Tartlets

Savory Mushroom Tartlets

So these little gems come straight from my cousin, Katrina!  Since we’re deep into the holiday entertaining season and everyone needs a savory one-bite wonder to offer at festive occasions, I thought this would be the ideal time to share her savory mushroom tartlets with you.

savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest

Katrina makes these every year and they are an overwhelming hit with family and friends.  I know your brood will enjoy them just as much – but I should warn you, they go down so easily (with a cocktail or a glass of wine, ahem), it’s very easy to spoil your dinner – or rather, just make them your dinner.  No judging here.

savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest
savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest

Best of all, they’re really simple to assemble — especially if you’ve got a food processor. Buzz the mushrooms to a very fine chop and saute them with butter, cooking just until they give up their liquid.

savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest
savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest

Then whir the onions the same way and add them to the mushroom mixture.

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savory mushroom tartlets | Garlic + Zest

A little sour cream and flour act as the binders for these tartlets.  A savory filling like this deserves a flaky vessel to transport from hand to mouth.  Pie dough.  (And Katrina doesn’t mind using the ready-made kind — I knew I loved her for a reason.)  

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Roll out the pastry and use a small biscuit cutter to cut the rounds so they cover the bottom and sides of a mini-muffin pan.  Then scoop the mushroom duxelles into the shells.

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Bake the mushroom tartlets until the crust is flaky and browned. It doesn’t take long.

Here’s the absolute genius part of these tartlets:  They can be made ahead of time and frozen.  So whenever you want them, whether it’s for a big party or just a small gathering, take out what you need and reheat them.  I love that!  I have to thank Katrina for sharing her recipe and letting me hang out (and sample) her creations as they were coming out of the oven.

Savory Mushroom Tartlets
Savory Mushroom Tartlets

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Savory Mushroom Tartlets
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Savory Mushroom Tartlets

These tasty tarts can be made in advance and heated just before company arrives.  They’re great with a cocktail!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, pastry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24


For Crust: ( or use store bought pastry)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • cups flour
  • ½ cup butter , softened

For Filling:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms , minced
  • 1 large onion , minced
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp flour


  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, flour and butter to form a dough.  Chill for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, saute the mushroom and onion in the butter until tender.  Add sour cream, salt, thyme and flour and stir to combine.  Cook for one minute, remove from heat to cool.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.  Cut the dough into rounds with a biscuit cutter, about 2″ in diameter.  Fit the dough rounds into mini muffin tins and lightly tamp them into place.  Fill the tarts with 1 teaspoon of mushroom filling.  Bake 12-14 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or if you’re making ahead of time, cool to room temperature.  Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.  Transfer the tarts to a storage container and freeze for up to a month.  Defrost and reheat to serve.


– Beat all ingredients until smooth and chill for at least 1 hour.
– In a skillet cook butter, onion and mushroom until tender. – Then add sour cream, salt, thyme and flour.
– Cook for about a minute until thickened and cool.
– Roll out the dough and cut into 2 3?4 in circles (or thereabouts) and place into a mini muffin pan.
– Fill with 1 t. of filling
– Bake at 450 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until the crust is a light golden brown.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 54mg | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Sue Gauthier says:

    Can these be eaten at room temperature? I’m thinking of making them for a picnic.

    1. Yes, you can have it at room tem. — but they’re really good when they’re warm@!

  2. Trying out your recipe for a party tomorrow. Once they cool, do they need to go in the fridge, or can they stay out overnight – it’s the sour cream in the recipe that concerns me if I leave them out. The filling is delicious, but I took a shortcut with ready-made tartlets at the store! Thanks.

    1. They should be refrigerated overnight and reheated in a warm oven (around 325° for 8-10 minutes) when you’re ready to serve.

  3. Mrs. Brown says:

    Going to try these for my upcoming Christmas party! How do suggest reheating them if made in advance and then frozen?

    1. On the day you want to serve them, take them out of the freezer about 1 hour before popping them in the oven, so they thaw before baking. I would heat at 300° for 10-15 minutes.

  4. These little morsels are high on my list to try for the holidays. I love mushrooms and these sound soooo savory.

    1. Oh, these are definitely a hit at any party!

  5. Chile and Salt Tez Abbott says:

    These look so good Lisa!!! And thanks again for all your help!! I so appreciate it!!

  6. Monica I. says:

    So, to make this GF, I have pastry, but the thickener in the filling? what would you suggest as a substitute? Perhaps potato flour?

    1. I think potato flour would be a good choice, or you could use about a teaspoon of arrowroot or cornstarch

  7. Brian Jones says:

    What a wonderful sounding duxelle, I make something very similar but with a splash of balsamic and use it to fill ravioli 🙂

    1. That sounds amazing. I’ve shared my recipe — now you have to share yours!

  8. Rachel @ Simple Seasonal says:

    These looks so delish and savory. Great for putting together for a large crowd too!

  9. nutrizonia says:

    Love the idea so much! pinned!

  10. this looks like a delicious appetizer!!

  11. I love mushrooms. Like, LOVE mushrooms. I can’t wait for my next social event so I can make these!!

  12. Oooh Hooo, It looks so amazing. I love these gorgeous tartlets. A must try for me 🙂

  13. watchlearneat says:

    5 stars
    These look awesome! I am a huge mushroom fan! I love appetizers like this and am guilty as charged for enjoying them as the dinner before! 🙂

  14. Thanks for sharing my recipe Lisa! I had a great time making them with you! I hope your readers enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the tutorial and the samples! Yum!