The Words “Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart with Burrata” Inspire Me

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Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart with Burrata

Burrata with tomatoes. Burrata with plums. Burrata with figs, or peaches, or melon… You get the idea, the phrase “burrata with” is a great way to start a dinner party. A summer dinner party from the sound of things. That’s because burrata brings a light, creamy note that pairs well with bright, summery flavors like tomatoes, plums, figs, peaches, and melon. However burrata compliments rich, caramelized autumn vegetables as well. Here it brings a sophisticated crowning touch to the warm flavors in this Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart.

This tart makes the most of the season. And I credit Michael Chiarello for getting me to consider burrata as a suitable partner for this seasonal pairing of warm flavors. He serves an artfully arranged pile of roasted butternut squash and mushrooms with burrata and recommends it as a simple appetizer for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Which sounds delicious, and his passionate description is all the inspiration I need to transform his words into a Butternut Squash Tart that has my style written all over it.

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I know plenty of cooks who go straight to the recipes when they pick up a cookbook or visit a blog. My guess is these people are far better cooks than me. These are probably the same people who like to read HTML code. The kind of people who can look at information subjectively and understand it thoroughly. Well, I need more flourish than that. A well written recipe is a joy to read, but it’s not usually the inspiration I’m looking for. For me, the best food writing stays with you far longer than any list of ingredients ever could. Burrata with fall flavors is an example of this. I remember Mr. Chiarello’s description of his recipe more than I remember the recipe itself. Fortunately that description is more than enough to to inspire this tart. GREG

Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart with Burrata

Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart with Burrata

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Chanterelle Mushroom and Butternut Squash Tart with Burrata

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce disc chilled pie dough (recipe of your choice)
  • all-purpose flour (as needed for rolling)
  • 1 pound peeled, butternut squash (cut into ½-inch dice)
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper (as needed)
  • 1 pound chanterelle mushrooms (chopped into bite size chunks)
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1 medium shallot (peeled, halved and thinly sliced)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounce fresh burrata (2 balls)
  • 2 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves

Directions

On a lightly floured surface using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll pastry dough to about a 12-inch round, a generous 1/8-inch thick. Carefully fold dough in half, and slide it onto rolling pin. Transfer to a 9-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Unfold the dough, easing it gently into pan; do not stretch dough. Press the dough into place, then run your roller over the edges of the pan, trimming it flush with the top all the way around. Transfer lined tart pan to a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled.

Meanwhile, set the oven rack to the center position and preheat to 375 degrees F.

Once chilled, prick bottom of tart shell all over with a fork, line with parchment paper that extends beyond the rim at least 1 ½-inches all around. Fill with pie weights or dried beans; bake on center rack of heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove parchment and weights, and continue to bake until set and lightly golden, about 15 minutes more. Remove from oven, let cool.

Raise oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

Toss diced butternut squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil and a generous pinch each salt and pepper. Spread mixture onto a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet in as close to a single layer as possible. Roast in heated oven, tossing occasionally, until caramelized and nicely browned on the edges, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chopped mushrooms and a generous pinch each salt and pepper. Sauté, tossing occasionally, until the moisture is released, then reabsorbed and mushrooms are beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in sliced shallots and continue to cook until they begin to brown on the edges, 3 or 4 minutes more. Remove from heat, stir in nutmeg and set aside.

Place vinegar in a small sauce pan set over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Swirl in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, set aside.

In a large bowl fold together roasted butternut squash and sautéed mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Pour the mixture evenly across the bottom of the baked pie shell. Tear burrata into pieces, scattering them across the top of the tart. Garnish with sage. Serve warm or at room temperature with the balsamic sauce on the side for drizzling.