Archive | December 2014

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tartlet

Goat Cheese Tartlet

This month’s recipe is a quick and easy hors d’oeuvre that probably won’t be found at every holiday party. These savory bites will be a pleasant surprise to your guests and they do not take all day to prepare. If feeding more than a small group, it may be wise to double or triple this recipe. While the nutritional facts on one of these tartlets are pretty unnoticeable, keep a count on how many times you head back for more. The calories can add up quickly if you reach for a handful. The recipe makes 24 tartlets.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
16 ounces sliced button mushrooms
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary or sage
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup low-fat milk
4 ounces soft goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms and onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until soft and beginning to brown. Add the rosemary (or sage) and garlic and continue sautéing for 1-2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and add the white wine. Let most of the wine evaporate and stir in the flour. Add milk and goat cheese, and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Stir in the parsley.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and/or coat with cooking spray.
  3. Place puff pastry sheets on lightly floured work surface, and prick all over with a fork. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 24 rounds with 2-inch round cutter. Transfer the rounds to the baking sheets. Top each round with 1 teaspoon of the mushroom mixture. Spread evenly with your fingers. Add any remaining mixture to each puff pastry square if there is some leftover. Chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the pastry to firm.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (Per Tartlet):
Calories: 60 / Fat: 4g / Saturated Fat: 1.5g / Carbohydrates: 5g / Fiber: .5g / Protein: 1g