“Love this recipe! Make it all the time for an appetizer, and a light dinner! It’s also great with a few red onions added!” ~Peg
My mushroom tart is delicious thanks to its 3 main elements: Boursin cheese/mushrooms/puff pastry.
How could it not be amazing? it’s kind of a no brainer. But maybe you, like me, need the occasional reminder to buy an extra box or two of frozen puff pastry the next time you’re at the supermarket. It’s truly one of the most versatile foods you can buy. And if you don’t care for mushrooms and Boursin, no worries, there are literally hundreds of different combinations you can substitute to make an original savory tart.
what you’ll need:
- a sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed overnight in the fridge
- a 5 ounce container of Boursin cheese, any flavor (I used the original Garlic & Herb)
- about 8 ounces fresh mushrooms
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- thyme or fresh parsley for garnish
method for making a savory puff pastry tart
- Unfold your thawed sheet of pastry on a piece of parchment paper.
- Dust lightly with flour, and then roll out just a bit, to about 10×13,, more or less.
- Score around the edge with the tip of a sharp knife, about 1/2 inch in, to form a frame
- Spread on your base layer, in this case we crumble the Boursin cheese all over the pastry, leaving the edge free.
- Top with sliced mushrooms (or whatever you’re using,) overlapping slightly to compensate for shrinkage.
- Drizzle or brush lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake in a preheated 400F oven for about 30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
This rustic mushroom and cheese tart can be appetizer, lunch, or dinner!
Don’t you love it when a recipe can do that? This tart will serve 6 for apps, 4 for lunch, or 2 for dinner.
what to serve with it?
- as an appetizer it needs nothing but some nice wine, how about a Pinot Noir.
- if you’re enjoying as a light meal, a salad always works. But you don’t need to get crazy ~ fresh greens, a little red onion, and a great tomato will do it. Sometimes for lunch I’l even pile the greens right on top of the tart. Now that’s an elegant meal.
- For a heartier meal, go with soup ~ I’d choose something simple, and serve it in a cup or mug. How about Broccoli Stilton, or Cream of Jalapeño? Gazpacho would be amazing.
a few variations
- I think thinly sliced Brie would be great under the mushrooms. (No need to remove the rind.) I know the combo is a winner from my mushroom and Brie soup.
- Try wild mushrooms for extra flavor. Fresh will be right next to the button mushrooms in your produce aisle. Note: dried wild mushrooms will not work in this recipe, they’ll be too tough and chewy.
- Thinly sliced onions are wonderful, see my sweet onion puff pastry tart.
- Tender asparagus works great, too, check out my asparagus puff pastry tart.
more elegant lunch recipes
- Creamy Shrimp Bisque
- Chopped Asparagus Salad Recipe
- Quiche Lorraine
- Saffron Risotto with Roasted Asparagus
Mushroom and Boursin Puff Pastry Tart
- Preheat the oven to 400F
- Unfold the puff pastry sheet onto a piece of parchment paper cut to fit a baking sheet. Lightly dust with flour and roll out just a little bit longer and wider, to about 10×13, more or less.
- With the tip of a sharp knife score around the edge of the sheet, about 1/2 in from the edge, to form a frame.
- Spread or crumble the Boursin cheese evenly across the pastry, leaving the edge free.
- Top the cheese with the slices mushrooms, overlapping them to cover the whole surface.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and brush lightly with olive oil.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tart is crisp and golden.