Monday, March 21, 2011

Mussel-Artichoke Tart

Mussel-Artichoke Tart
Most people who know me know that Marcus Samuelsson is one of my favorite chefs.  Having had the pleasure of meeting and (briefly) cooking with him, as well as feasting on his signature cuisine, have all made for life-time memories that I'll cherish and provided great inspiration for me as a food lover.

After adding his latest cookbook, New American Table, to my cookbook collection, the first recipe I made was the Mussel-Artichoke Tart.  From the homemade buttery tart shell to the decadent mussels, and everything in between, it was love at first bite--and every bite thereafter.

The recipe comes together nicely, however you'll want to allow yourself ample time to allow the tart dough to chill (about an hour and a half total) before filling or baking. 

Get ready to add a new favorite to your repertoire! 

Happy Eating!

Mussel-Artichoke Tart
8 Servings (Makes One 10-inch Tart)

2 tomatoes cut into quarters
5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the sheet pan
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
3 red onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped 
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 poblano chiles, seeds and ribs removed and chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Buttery Tart Shell (see recipe below)
1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (*you can replace the mozzarella with creamy goat cheese for an equally delicious tart)  
One 6 1/2-ounce can preserved mussels
4 basil leaves torn into small pieces
1 cup baby arugula

1. Preheat oven to 2oo degrees F.  

2. Place the quartered tomatoes on a lightly oiled sheet pan.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sprinkle with the red pepper flakes.  Bake for 1 hour, or until the tomatoes are dried and wrinkled.  Set aside.  Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

3. To prepare the filling, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saute pan over high heat.  Add the artichokes and saute until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes on each side.  Remove the artichokes with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain excess oil.

4. Using the same pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, oregano, and chiles.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper and simmer until the filling begins to thicken, another 20 minutes.

5. To assemble the tart, spread the tomato mixture over the bottom of the prebaked tart shell.  Cover with a layer of mozzarella slices and arrange the artichokes and oven-dried tomatoes on top.  Bake until the mozzarella is golden and begins to bubble, about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven.

6. Place the mussels on top of the tart and sprinkle with the basil and arugula.  Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.

Buttery Tart Shell
(Makes One 10-inch Tart Shell)

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
2 tablespoons ice water, or more as needed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. To make the dough by hand, combine the flour, salt, and Parmesan in a large bowl.  Using your fingertips, a pastry cutter, or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add the water, stirring with a fork just until the dough starts to come together.  If necessary, add a little more water, about 1 teaspoon at a time.  To make the dough in a food processor, combine the flour and salt in the processor and pulse once or twice to mix.  Cut the butter into 1-inch pieces, scatter the pieces over the flour, and pulse just until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add the water, pulsing just until the dough starts to come together.  If necessary, add a little more water, about 1 teaspoon at a time.

2.  Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a disk.  Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour hour before rolling.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 12 1/2-inch round.  Fit the round into a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, being careful not to stretch the dough.  Trim the edges of the dough.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes before filling or baking.

4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  To prebake the tart shell, line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill it with dried beans, uncooked rice, or pie weights.  Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the parchment and weights.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let cool on a wire rack.


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