Need another meatless option for Lent? This recipe can easily be made without the bacon. Or perhaps you’re looking for an elevated appetizer for Easter, or you simply want a wonderful make-ahead option for other entertaining occasions. This gorgeous Mushroom Gruyere Tart has you covered. Meaty mushrooms are smothered with cream cheese and herbs, topped with gruyere and baked in a puff pastry shell.
It’s a simple yet elegant pastry to add to your table whether as a main course item or appetizer. I quite like it for lunch served with a green salad. It’s one of my personal favourites because it uses everyday ingredients, is easy to prepare and can be made in advance and baked fresh when you’re ready. It smells amazing when baking and the combination of crispy puff pastry and creamy mushrooms is oh so drool worthy.
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Author: Compelled to Cook
- 3 slices bacon, diced OPTIONAL
- 1 tbsp olive oil OPTIONAL
- 1 medium shallot, small dice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme plus more for garnish
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup garden vegetable cream cheese
- 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese divided
- 1 sheet puff pastry about 10x10
- 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.
- If not using bacon, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- 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.
- Add wine, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until the wine has cooked out about 3 minutes.
- Stir in cream cheese, 1/4 cup of Gruyere and bacon (if using).
- 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 the 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.
- Spread filling evenly into pastry shell and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of grated gruyere. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and filling is bubbly.
- 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.
The tart can be assembled up to a day in advance and kept covered and chilled until ready to bake.