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.
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.
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.
Then whir the onions the same way and add them to the mushroom mixture.
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.)
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.
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.
More make ahead appetizers:
- Creamy Chicken Livers with Caramelized Onions
- Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball with Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Veal and Pork Country Pate
- Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
- Hatch Chile Pork Empanadas
- Curried Coconut Cocktail Nuts
- Cheese Crackers
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Savory Mushroom Tartlets
For Crust: ( or use store bought pastry)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup butter , softened
- 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. Filling:
– 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.