This is just a quick snapshot recipe for one of the most delicious & easy throw together meals i love to eat. I added a touch of sophistication by topping the pie with wilted raddichio – which worked well to balance the intense, sweet shallots. Raddichio is bitter, not for everyone. If you do manage to find some (i had to go out of my way) it’s definitely a worthy addition. Sweet, buttery, rich & bitter all in one mouthful……
Caramelized Shallot & Mushroom Pie with Wilted Raddichio
You can happily use onions if you can’t get hold of shallots.
1 roll ready made puff pastry
8 -10 shallots – peeled & finely sliced
6 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
400g button mushrooms – sliced
Salt & Black Pepper
Heat your oven to 200degC.
Heat a frying pan on a medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter & fry the shallots with a pinch of salt. When the shllots have softened turn the heat down & continue to fry until golden & caramelized stirring often. ( Some like to add a dash of sugar and drizzle of red wine vinegar to the shallots to intensify the caramelization process. Which is up to you to do. I find the shallots are sweet enough already.) When the shallots are done, remove from the pan & set aside. Return the pan immediately back to the heat, turn it up to high and add another 2 tablespoons of the butter. Fry half the mushrooms with a pinch of salt & grind of black pepper. When done, repeat with the second half.
Assemble the pie by unrolling the puff pastry directly onto a greased baking tray. Prick all over the centre of the pastry with a fork leaving around a 10cm border. Spread the caramelized shallots all over the centre & top with all the mushrooms. Now fold in the border edges of pastry to flop rustically inwards. Bake in the hot oven for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden, puffed & cooked through.
While the pie cooks, wilt the raddichio with a little olive oil salt & pepper in the frying pan. When the pie is done, remove from the oven and arrange the wilted raddichio on top.
Serve immediately. A good green salad goes well.