Food & Entertaining - Garden to Table

Marvelous mushroom recipes

By
Kathleen Sloan-Mcintosh
Photography by
Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Fall's essential ingredient takes front row with these delicious recipes

Mushroom & potato croustade (shown in photo)

Makes 8 servings

This rustic pie can be pulled together quickly thanks to store-bought, butter-based, frozen puff pastry.

2     oz. (50 g) dried porcini
3     large ‘Yukon Gold’ potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1⁄4-inch (5-mm) pieces
3⁄4     lb. (340 g) assorted wild mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed if needed, sliced
4     shallots, finely sliced
3     cloves garlic, finely chopped
2     tbsp. (30 mL) fresh parsley, chopped
1     tsp. (5 mL) fresh rosemary, chopped
1     tsp. (5 mL) fresh thyme, chopped
1⁄2     lb. (225 g) frozen puff pastry, thawed
11⁄2     cups (375 mL) table cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Place porcini in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup (250 mL) warm water. Let stand for 1 hour, then strain (reserving liquid) through a cloth-lined sieve. Chop porcini and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients (except puff pastry and cream); toss well.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry to a thickness of about ¼ inch (6 mm). Place dough on a non-stick baking sheet. Pile potato mixture in centre of pastry, allowing for a
3-inch (7.5-cm) border. Next, turn up edges of pastry over filling, overlapping pastry as necessary; leave centre of filling uncovered.

In a bowl, combine 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) of reserved mushroom liquid with cream. Pour into centre of potato mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375˚F (190˚C). Continue baking for a further 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and potatoes are tender.

Remove croustade from oven and let stand a few minutes before slicing.

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