Ellena's Mushroom Tart

Ellena's Mushroom Tart


1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, diced
8-oz. assorted mushrooms (such as oyster, cremini, shitake, morels, etc.), thinly sliced
Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
1/4 cup Latah Creek Carmenere
4-oz. Gruyere cheese, grated (about 1 cup)


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold the pastry and cut it into 4 squares.

Place the squares on a parchment-lined baking sheet and, using a fork, prick the dough all over.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced shallot and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 4-6 minutes longer, or until mushrooms and shallots are browned and tender. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper to taste.

Add the wine and cook until reduced, about 1-2 minutes more.

Dividing evenly, sprinkle the pastry squares with half the cheese, leaving a 1/2-inch border on each side. Top with mushroom mixture and remaining cheese.

Bake until the pastry is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Ellena's Notes

The first time Mike and I tasted a Moscato wine was in the Piedmonte region of Italy. We had just arrived and decided to go to dinner. Upon getting seated, our server brought us a mushroom tart and a glass of a local Moscato d’Asti before even taking our order. This pairing was so marvelous that I came home and immediately started working on creating my own mushroom tart and Mike produced Latah Creek's first Moscato. I know most people think that because Moscatos are so sweet, about 10% RS, that they should be considered a dessert wine. But really they are not usually intended for dessert, they are so much more than that. The Italians use the sweet, light, and crisp wine as an aperitif (appetizer wine) and palate cleanser. Because Moscatos are so light and crisp, they leave your palate clean and fresh. So I ask you to reconsider your ideas of this delicate sweet wine and use it for something different than you normally would. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

This tart pairs perfectly with our Moscato. You can also try our Pinot Gris and Carmenere.

Eat Simple, Eat Well, Ellena