Earlier this week, I shared menu suggestions for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Now, I've got one more idea for you: this wildly delicious mushroom and leek tart! It's a beautiful dish that's absolutely scrumptious. The crust is a quick homemade salt and pepper dough, while the filling is a savory mixture of sautéed mushrooms, leeks, thyme, and gruyère cheese. The ingredient list calls for chanterelles, but they were quite expensive at my local market, so I opted for regular button mushrooms. I served this tart to mushroom haters, and they loved it! To make it for Thanksgiving or any other Fall celebration, get the recipe here.
For the crust:
1 cup flour, plus more for rolling out dough
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
7 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
For the filling:
3 tablespoons butter
3 leeks, white and very light green parts halved, cleaned, and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound chanterelles (or any other mushrooms) cut into about 1-in. pieces
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated gruyère cheese
- Make crust: In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and pepper. Rub butter into flour until most of it looks like cornmeal but some larger, pea-size pieces remain. Drizzle in 3 tbsp. ice-cold water while stirring quickly with a fork. Or, pulse flour, salt, pepper, and butter in a food processor until a coarse, cornmeal-textured mixture forms, then drizzle in ice water until dough comes together. Turn dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and use wrap to press dough into a 1-in.-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour a work surface. Unwrap dough; with a rolling pin gently roll it, turning dough 90 degrees between each roll, into a 12-in. circle.
- Place rolled-out dough in a 9 1/2-in. tart pan. Trim edges flush with pan edges. Cover dough with a large piece of aluminum foil and weigh down with pie weights, dried beans, or uncooked rice.
- Bake crust 20 minutes. Lift foil and weights off crust and bake until beginning to turn golden, about 10 minutes. Let crust cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, make filling: Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and salt and cook, stirring, until leeks are soft, about 3 minutes. Turn heat to high and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms have given off their liquid, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in thyme, cream, and pepper, then turn off heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Spread half of the grated cheese over tart crust. Spread leek-mushroom mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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