Recipe of the Week - Caramelised Mushroom Tartlets

Recipe of the Week - Caramelised Mushroom Tartlets

Thursday 20th December 2018
BBC Good Food - Orlando Murrin

Try these super-clever caramelised mushroom tartlets on those occasions when you're entertaining and need an exciting canapé, but could do without the faff

Prep - 10mins
Cook - 20mins

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
250g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
3-4 tbsp thyme leaves, finely chopped
butter, for spreading
12 slices of thin sliced white sandwich bread
100g grated gruyere or cheddar, for sprinkling

1. Heat the oil in a generous frying pan, add the onion and fry over moderate heat for about 7 mins until soft and golden. Stir in the sugar and seasoning, turn up the heat and add the mushrooms. Sizzle for 5 mins until you have driven off any moisture and the mushrooms are golden. Stir in the garlic for a few further mins, until fragrant, then turn off the heat and stir in most of the thyme (save some for sprinkling). The mushroom mix can be chilled at this point.

2. To make the tartlet bases, cut 7-8cm circles out of the bread using a cookie cutter or glass. Butter one side and stick buttered-side down into a 12-hole tartlet tin. Freeze any leftovers to make breadcrumbs.

3. When ready to bake, heat oven to 220C/200 fan/gas 7. Divide the mushroom mixture between the tartlets and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Don't be too tidy about this - any cheese on the tin will form a lacy edge to the tartlets. Bake for 10-15 mins until golden and bubbling. Sprinkle over the reserved herbs and serve.