Puffed Up Mushroom Tarts
Packed with nutrients and naturally low in calories, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient to help kick start a healthier diet in 2016.
This simple and delicious recipe is slightly decadent and sophisticated – it’s perfect for entertaining or a special weeknight dinner at home.
- 500g pack ready-made puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- Flour, for dusting
- 1 egg, beaten
- 30g butter
- 300g button mushrooms, halved
- 300ml tub crème fraiche
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives or parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan oven 200°C, Gas Mark 7.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle measuring about 40cm x 20cm. Trim all the edges with a sharp knife (this will help give a good rise), then cut into 8 equal rectangles. Place onto lightly greased baking sheets.
- On each square, score a border 1cm from the edge, all the way round, taking care not to cut right through the pastry. Brush the surface with beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden brown.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large frying pan and sauté the mushrooms for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
- When the pastry tarts are cooked, carefully remove the central rectangle from each one (these are the lids). Mix the crème fraiche and chives or parsley into the mushrooms and season to taste. Spoon into the cases and pop the lids on top. Warm through in the oven for a further 4-5 minutes, then serve.
Recipe courtesy of Just Add Mushrooms
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