Mushroom Gruyere Tart

A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2-3 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2-3 minutes
    A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
    Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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      Servings Prep Time
      8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2-3 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2-3 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: appetizer wedges
      Instructions
      1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. If using bacon, add to skillet and cook until crisp and fat has rendered. Scoop out the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but a tablespoon of fat.
      2. If not using bacon, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
      3. Add shallot and garlic and sauté, stirring often until starting to soften about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until most of the moisture has cooked out about 8-10 minutes.
      4. Add wine, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until wine has cooked out about 3 minutes.
      5. Stir in cream cheese, 1/2 cup of gruyere and bacon (if using).
      6. Preheat oven to 425℉ and lightly spray a 4 3/4"- 5 3/4" x 14" tart pan with removable bottom. Fit puff pastry into tart pan and trim the top so it is level with the pan. You will need to cut the puff pastry sheet in two pieces to make it fit.
      7. Spread filling evenly into pastry shell and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of grated gruyere. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and filling is bubbly.
      8. Allow tart to rest for a couple of minutes prior to removing the outer pan. Cut into wedges, garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      The tart can be assembled up to a day in advance and kept covered and chilled until ready to bake.

      Meaty Baked Pasta

      Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
      Meaty Baked Pasta
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        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 people 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 5 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 people 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 5 minutes
        Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
        Meaty Baked Pasta
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          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 people 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 5 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 people 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 5 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften, stirring often.
          2. Add ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking apart any large chunks and stirring often. Dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
          3. To the meat add marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili flakes.
          4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20- 25 minutes to meld flavours.
          5. While meat sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions using well-salted water. (about 1 tbsp regular salt to 4 litres of water). Drain pasta and set aside.
          6. Preheat oven to 350℉.
          7. In a small bowl stir together ricotta, half of the mozzarella, half of the parmesan, dried basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
          8. Lightly spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half the cooked pasta and half of the meat sauce to the casserole dish. Stir to combine. Spread with ricotta cheese mixture.
          9. To the pot with the remaining pasta add remaining meat sauce. Stir to combine and pour over ricotta cheese layer. Top with remaining half of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
          10. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. Broil for 2-3 to blister the cheese. Remove and allow to rest 3-5 minutes prior to serving.

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
          Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 cutlets 35 minutes
            Cook Time
            12-15 minutes
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
            Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 cutlets 35 minutes
              Cook Time
              12-15 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cutlets
              Instructions
              1. Using a blender or mini processor combine the first 7 ingredients and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
              2. Using three shallow bowls, combine flour and 1/2 tsp salt in one, breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp salt in the second and the eggs whisked with the milk in the third.
              3. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
              4. Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4" thick (no thinner).
              5. Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess.
              6. Dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
              7. Add enough oil to a large skillet to come up about an 1/8" of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
              8. Turn oven to broil, with rack 8-10" from heat.
              9. Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto.  I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily.  This slightly drier version gives the same great flavour but less oil and better results. If you'd like to use a classic pesto, here's the recipe Classic Pesto

              -These cutlets are also great on top of pasta drizzled with extra pesto or in a sandwich.

              Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower

              Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower
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                Servings Prep Time
                5-6 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                5-6 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Roasted Gremolata Cauliflower
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  5-6 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  5-6 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 400℉
                  2. In a large bowl stir together parsley, lemon zest, garlic, salt and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Set aside.
                  3. Remove outer leaves from cauliflower and cut the head into quarters. Easily core the cauliflower by cutting it out of each quarter, allowing any remaining leaves and stem to come away with it.
                  4. Break or cut the cauliflower into large bite-size pieces. Toss cauliflower with remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and a few grinds of a pepper mill. Spread out evenly on a large baking tray.
                  5. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning once, allowing the bottom edges to become golden and caramelized.
                  6. Remove from oven and add to the bowl of Gremolata along with the parmesan cheese. Toss to coat evenly and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -make as a vegan option by omitting the parmesan cheese or using your favourite alternative cheese.

                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  35-40 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  1. Over medium heat add 1 tbsp of olive to a large pot or dutch oven. Add sausage links and cook until golden and no longer pink, turning often about 15 minutes.
                  2. Remove cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined dish to absorb any excess fat. To the same pot add remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic, sauté for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften and have sweat off some of their moisture.
                  3. Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes crushed with your hands. Add potatoes, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, and both paprikas. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes until potatoes are almost tender. While soup is cooking, chop kale and cooked sausage into bite-size pieces.
                  4. Add kale and sausage to the pot and continue to cook partially covered for about 5 minutes until kale is cooked but still has some colour and bite. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with crusty bread if desired.