Goat Cheese, Leek and Mushroom Tart
Pair with Pinot Noir
Serves 8 to 10
3 Tbs. Unsalted Butter
3 lbs. Leeks, white parts and 1 inch of pale green parts, thinly sliced
2 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
1 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
1/3 cup Créme Fraiche
3 oz. Soft Goat Cheese, crumbled
1/2 lb. Mixed Mushrooms, such as Oyster, Chanterelle and Cremini, brushed clean and coarsely chopped
All-Purpose Flour for dusting
1 sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tbs of the butter until it foams. Add the leeks and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the thyme, bay leaf, stock, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. of the pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the leeks are nearly tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally and being very careful not to let the leeks brown, until almost all the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes more. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Transfer the leeks to a bowl. Stir in the crème fraîche and goat cheese until well mixed.
In another fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 1 Tbs. butter until it foams. Add mushrooms, the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and the remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper and sauté until the mushrooms are soft and have released their juices, 3 to 4 minutes.
Preheat oven to 440° F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured work surface, roll out the puffed pastry into a rectangle 10 x 12 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Spread the leek mixture to within 1 inch of the edge of the dough and fold the edges of the dough over the filling to make a free-form tart. Bake until the crust puffs and both the crust and the leeks are golden, about 15 minutes. Scatter the mushrooms over the leeks and bake for 5 minutes more.
Let the tart stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into bite-size pieces and serve warm.