You know that moment when you walk into someone’s house and the scent just takes you away? You take a deep breath and immediately feel pulled towards the kitchen to pull-up a chair and relax.
I feel like that scent happens nearly anytime something is cooking or baking. It could be pancakes on the griddle at 9am, leftover pizza in the oven in the afternoon or chocolate chip cookies baking for dessert. It doesn’t matter what the food is, as long as it’s being heated it automatically makes the house smell like a home. You can tell that the house has been lived in, seen good days and bad, and provided solace to those sitting around the kitchen table.
When I made this tart the other night, I left the kitchen as the mushrooms and onions were sauteing on the stove and the puff pastry was baking in the oven. As I returned to the heart of our home, the scent in the air made me feel so comforted. It was a Friday night, and while the rest of the world may have been out and about, I didn’t want to be anywhere else but in our warm kitchen, slicing a piece of this savory tart and sitting down to enjoy it with my husband.
Savory Mushroom, Onion and Goat Cheese Tart
Keywords: bake appetizer brunch entree side vegetarian mushrooms cheese
Ingredients (6-8 pieces)
- 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs. water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 2 oz. goat cheese
- 2 eggs
- Salt and pepper
1. Start with a defrosted puff pasty sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a pie pan with cooking spray. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface or silicone baking mat. Gently roll the puff pastry into a circle that will line the pan (it’s okay if you can’t get it exactly into a circle). Place the pastry into the pan, allowing it to cover the sides. Using a knife, gently cut-off any of the pastry that is hanging over the sides.
2. Take a fork and gently poke holes into the bottom of the pastry. Spread wax or foil over pastry and fill with pie weights (you can also use coffee beans or dried beans). Baked for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
3. As the tart is baking, prepare the filling. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Mix in water and balsamic vinegar and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in sugar and thyme.
4. Gently whisk eggs in small bowl with a small pinch of salt and pepper. Fill tart with eggs, mushroom and onion mixture and top evenly with goat cheese. Reduce oven to 325 degrees. Cover pie with foil and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for about 10-15 additional minutes. Serve and enjoy!
~What scent(s) do you feel turn a house into a home?