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
    Print Recipe
      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.

          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.

          Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes

          Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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            Servings Prep Time
            3-4 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            3-4 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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              Servings Prep Time
              3-4 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              3-4 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a medium bowl toss together potatoes, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
              2. Spread out evenly on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until just tender.
              3. While potatoes are baking, combine together mayonnaise, parmesan, capers, dill, lemon juice and pepper.
              4. Remove potatoes from oven and gently flatten each with a flat surfaced utensil (I use a metal potato masher) to a third of its original height.
              5. Set oven rack to 7" from broiler and turn oven to broil. Spread 1 tbsp of paste onto each potato. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnishing with fresh dill if desired.

              Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard


              Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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                Servings Prep Time
                48 pieces 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-40 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                48 pieces 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-40 minutes
                Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 pieces 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 pieces 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-40 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Cornmeal Sausages
                  Creamy Honey Mustard
                  Servings: pieces
                  Instructions
                  Creamy Honey Mustard
                  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
                  Cornmeal Sausages
                  1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
                  2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
                  3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
                  4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -use a deep fryer if desired.

                  -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

                  -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

                  -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.