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Mushroom and goat cheese tart

Chef, Lenny Redé
Wine Pairings:  

Entertaining presents a fun opportunity to pull out the stops and try new recipes and preparations or savor the comfort of traditional dishes revisited for the memories they recall. This tart, though easy to make, can cause a sensation at the table with its beautiful presentation. While rich and satisfying, it provides a break from the elaborate beef steaks and roasts that often center dinners.  Filled with savory mushrooms and onions this is one umami packed dish that easily pairs with many wines, from festive sparkling to a great big Cabernet Sauvignon. But paired with Syrah, the mix of fruity and savory flavors lift into minerality and earthiness; a truly synergistic pairing.

Depending on growing conditions Syrah can show a wide and complex range of flavors and aromas from black fruits and berries, grilled meat, mushroom and a savory earthiness to a spicy, jammy, berry bomb. This versatility means that Syrah should have a place in every wine lover’s collection. 

We reach for our own 2018 Streetvine Horse Heaven Hills Syrah with its intense aromas and flavors of dark, brambly fruits and espresso to pair with this dish. The whole cluster fermentation enhances the perfume and spice aspects of the wine to complement the baser earthy flavors of the mushroom and goat cheese in tart. At the same time the savory nature of the mushrooms and goat cheese enhance the fruitiness of the wine for a powerful pairing. The saltiness of the goat cheese helps balance the fruit and savory characters by highlighting the minerality of the wine. 

Ingredients

Pastry dough
  • 2 cup flour, all purpose
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl sugar
  • 4 oz vegetable shortening or margarine
  • 4 oz butter, unsalted
  • 2 oz vodka, cold
  Mushroom mix
  • 1 lb mushrooms sliced – cremini, shiitake, oyster, etc.
  • 1 large onion, julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 tbl butter, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme 
  • 2 oz dry sherry 
  Microgreens for garnish

Steps

1.

For the pastry dough

Sift the flour and dry ingredients into the bowl of a mixer.

2.

Cut the butter into small pieces.

3.

With motor running add the butter a piece at a time and continue with the vegetable shortening.

4.

 Add the vodka all at once and continue just until dough comes together.

5.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.

6.

For the tart filling (while the dough is chilling)

In a large sauté pan melt 2 tbls butter and cook the onions until they are well browned and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a large bowl.

7.

Add the remaining butter to the pan and add mushrooms and sauté until well browned. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with sherry and toss until the pan is dry. Add the mushrooms to the bowl with the onions. 

8.

Add the thyme and crumble the goat cheese into the bowl; toss to incorporate.

9.

Prepare a 10 inch tart pan with vegetable spray and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

10.

Roll the dough out into a large round about ¼ inch thick and fit into the prepared tart pan, pressing the dough into the pan. Place the tart shell into the refrigerator and chill for 5 minutes.

11.

Spread the mushroom mixture into the tart shell and bake for 20 – 30 minutes.

12.

To serve, garnish with microgreens, and/or serve with a nice salad of your choosing.

About Chef, Lenny Redé

Leonard Redé brings a unique blend of culinary and wine expertise to everything he does. An award-winning Pastry Chef, his desserts have graced the tables of Presidential State Dinners for Bill Clinton, he has presented High Tea to the late Princess Diana and created gilded birthday cakes for the Sultan of Brunei. He was nominated for educator of the year when he was a Chef Instructor at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. He loves to share his passion for all things gastronomic and he’ll gladly help you navigate the world of wine and is always quick with a wine pairing or recipe.