How are your holidays going? Are you tired of cooking yet? Are you tired of eating leftovers? Looking for an easy dish that works for a casual lunch or dinner or even as a party hors d’oeuvre? I’ve just the thing for you today!
Earlier this year I shared a recipe over on Mushrooms Canada for a simple tart inspired by last summer’s travels to France. Travelling around the wine-growing regions surrounding Bordeaux, we stopped in a small town in search of lunch. The only thing that seemed to be open was a “Maison du Vin” which had a tiny restaurant with just a handful of tables attached to it. The menu looked promising with everything “fait maison” (made in-house) and some regional specialties on offer. We were travelling with a vegetarian friend so were excited to see an actual vegetarian offering on the menu – a “Croustillant de Champignons à la Crème de Thym” which we figured was some sort of pastry filled with mushrooms and cream. What could possibly be bad about that, right? When it came out, it was a little fancier – a kind of deconstructed tartlet which was absolutely scrumptious. I made a note to try to recreate this at home and it’s one of the first dishes I set to making once I was back in my kitchen!
I successfully re-created the flavours of this dish at home and have since made this a few times over, including in one of my adult cooking classes where everyone was blown away by how a few simple ingredients produced such a fancy looking and tasting dish.
I went the traditional tart route with this recipe (as opposed to the deconstructed version) as it makes it very do-able even for a weeknight. It comes together in no time and makes a lovely light dinner paired with a green salad or you could cut it into smaller pieces and serve as an hors d’oeuvre at a party. Either way, it’s so very good!