Mushroom Walnut Pesto Tart for Mushroom Masters Challenge

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Mushroom Masters: A Tournament of Taste is back for year two!

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I was delighted to be asked to participate again after having so much fun with my Portabella Pizza recipe last year. Things got wild. Last year’s challenge is a big reason why I now love (and crave!) mushrooms as much as I do. I really didn’t fall in love with mushrooms until I started experimenting with them in the kitchen.

Sometimes those strange little things just need to grow on you like…fungi…?

Check out these cool mushroom facts:

  • Mushrooms are the only item in the produce aisle with vitamin D.  Winter’s coming, eat up!
  • Mushrooms are low in calories, fat free, and can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.  I would concur.
  • Mushrooms are a source of selenium and ergothionene, antioxidants that play a role in immunity. Don’t be a sicky this Winter and eat up.
  • Mushrooms are a kitchen staple: they can star as the feature ingredient, or pair with any dish. They are like a little black dress, in other words.

 

Tastespotting is hosting the event once again along with Mushrooms Canada, Australian Mushroom Growers Association, and The Mushroom Council. Twelve of us food bloggers from Canada, US, and Australia were asked to compete in this challenge and were offered a bit of compensation for our time and food costs. We are now in the 4th and final week of the challenge.

I was assigned to the final week’s Appetizer challenge! Also participating in this appetizer challenge are  two very talented bloggers- Elana of Elana’s Pantry and Ellie of Kitchen Wench.

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To be honest, I thought my mushroom creativity was maxed out with last year’s Portabella Pizza, but this Mushroom Walnut Pesto Tart is hands down the best mushroom recipe I’ve ever made. I’m so excited to share it with you after sitting on the recipe for a few weeks.

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Given my recent infatuation for vegetables in my pesto, I thought it would be fun to make a mushroom walnut parsley pesto as a base for a tart. I really had no idea how it would turn out so I prayed to the culinary gods for a miracle.

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For the pesto, I processed together garlic, toasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, S & P, and the sautéed mushrooms. I was a bit worried that the mushrooms would taste weird in a pesto (shame on me, I know), but the flavours just worked so well. If you don’t want to make a tart you can always use this pesto with a pasta dish or spread over some crostini. Or you know, the spoon to face method worked for me quite well.

Step aside roasted tomato basil pesto, there’s a new fav pesto in town.

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Please head on over to Tastespotting to vote for your favourite appetizer and get your hands on those delicious recipes.

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Jodie September 26, 2011

Oh my goodness Angela, I don’t know how you come up such yummy recipes and get me to drool all the time even when I am not hungry. This looks so good, and your photography is superb. Seriously, if you decide to publish a cookbook I will be first in line. Gonna visit Tastespotting. Saw another one of your recipes on an Australian website.

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Esther September 26, 2011

I’ve been trying to get myself to like mushrooms for a while now, and nothing has clicked. This looks good though, I’ll try it out! Maybe this will be the recipe that does it for me :)

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Tichina September 26, 2011

The last mushroom tart featured on the blog made my head spin haha. I often make it in muffin tins and freeze them for days when I am short on time. Can’t wait to add this one to the recipe box! :)

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Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 26, 2011

How fun and what a beautiful recipe!! You’ll get my vote :)

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 26, 2011

Oh my gosh this looks divine. I’m inspired to use the leftover mushrooms in the fridge now for dinner somehow tonight.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 26, 2011

Oh my goodness Ange, this is beautiful! You’ve got my vote for sure. Mushrooms AND pesto?? Absolute heaven! And the photos make it look even better. Good luck with the challenge!

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Cait's Plate September 26, 2011

Looks incredible. LOVE the header!!!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 26, 2011

This looks incredible! It will be perfect for a girls’ get-together I have coming up. :-)

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Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City September 26, 2011

wow that is one beautiful dish. the colors are mouth watering! looks great. hope you had a great weekend!

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Amanda September 26, 2011

Ohmygodthislookssogood!

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Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission September 26, 2011

This looks delicious! I definitely need to start eating more mushrooms in the form of this!

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Vegan Version September 26, 2011

Whoa! I have some artichoke pesto I made and puff pastry in my fridge as we speak!! This looks amazing!!

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Jaclyn T September 26, 2011

This looks good! I am a recent lover of mushrooms (I actually crave them). As a child the texture eeked me out (lots). Also, I like your fall header.

Off to vote!

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Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 26, 2011

Thanks for highlightiing the benefits of mushrooms! I will try to eat more of them… especially if they help with immunity! That tart looks totally rustic and fab!

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katie@ KatieDid September 26, 2011

Ohh I never knew they had vitamin D! Now when I eat my omelets with shroomies I know I’m getting a double dose of Vitamin D which is so necessary living in such a northern state.

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Katrina September 26, 2011

This sounds lovely!

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Audrey September 26, 2011

I don’t think mushrooms have vitamin D unless they are specifically placed in the sun to absorb it. I could be wrong, though.

Oh, and I just have to share my favorite mushroom joke…
Man #1: You know what my favorite vegetable is?
Man #2: No, what?
Man #3: Mushrooms, because I’m such a fun guy.

It’s corny but I think it’s funny. :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

lol ;)

Not sure about the Vitamin D thing- that was info I got from the mushroom council.

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Amber K September 26, 2011

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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Emma September 26, 2011

Looks so yummy. Love puff pastry tarts, and with pesto, and mushroom pesto at that!! I just went to the competition site and they’ve made a mistake though :( It says ” Canada’s Angela at Oh She Glows shows a Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Tacos” That should be tart not tacos right?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

hehe yea I saw that too. I will email them.

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Kris | iheartwellness.com September 26, 2011

This recipe is GORGEOUS!!! Girl, you always have my vote :) Love your recipes and lovin’ over here!!

xxoo

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Jessica September 26, 2011

Gotta love them shrooms! LOL

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 26, 2011

I used to despise mushrooms, but now they’re tolerable. Sometimes the texture gets me, but with vitamin D and these New England winters I should get eating! The pesto looks delectable.

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Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 26, 2011

I love mushrooms so much I like to roast them and eat them plain with a little balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Strange, I know.

This recipe looks awesome. I never would have thought that mushrooms could go in a pesto!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

i love eating them that way too! Sometimes I just sautee them with herbamare and pepper until crisp and eat up. So good.

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Heather (heathers dish) September 26, 2011

Drooling!!!!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 26, 2011

Yum! What a cool idea for mushrooms! Love it :)

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 26, 2011

This looks absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

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Jessica September 26, 2011

Yours has 92% of the votes!!

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Irini September 26, 2011

I looooove that you’re in the lead with 92 % Angela! I obv voted :) Clearly nothing beats this recipe, it’s amazing, in tart form! I love the pesto kick you’re on too, I just wish my poor little basil plant could keep up with the demand.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

haha well this one calls for parsley so maybe that helps? ;)

I wish I didnt kill my basil plant (I just typed ‘pesto plant’ lol)

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Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes September 26, 2011

Looks Amazing!!! I wish I could reach out and grab a slice! You’ve got my vote!

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Gayatri September 26, 2011

This looks delicious Angela. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 26, 2011

Congrats on being asked to do this by Tastespotting. What an honor!

I met Elena at my most recent food/photography workshop and she is a total sweetheart!

Your recipe and pics are gorgeous!

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 26, 2011

This looks crazy delicious– and I love the header!! Is that new?! I feel like every time I come to your blog, it looks even better than the time before!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

Thanks Anna. Yup it’s new for Fall. :) I’m just changing them up for the seasons lately.

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Stacey Shaffer September 26, 2011

This looks simply amazing, not that I would expect anything less:)

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 26, 2011

Wow, that mushroom tart looks fabulous. Magainze-worthy photos. Very, very nice. And yummy, I imagine. :)

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Heather @ Better With Veggies September 26, 2011

I’ve been craving mushrooms recently – I think you’re right that they have a meaty texture & flavor. This looks delicious!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat September 26, 2011

Oh my. I think I could impress my friends with this! It’s chanterelle picking season here, so a mushroom tart is certainly due.

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Isabella September 26, 2011

Oh my gosh that looks sooo mouthwatering!!!

I went and voted for this beautiful recipe (good luck!) but ont he website the first time it refers to each recipe it calls yours tacos? Then later it says tart. Strange!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

haha yea they made a boo boo :)

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 26, 2011

Mmmm yum! I didn’t love mushrooms until I started experimenting with them, too. It was one of those things I hated growing up but learned to love! :) That tart looks really good! I need to get experimental with pesto as well.

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Moni'sMeals September 26, 2011

YEAR 2, GOOOO ANGELA!
I remember the first go that you had. ;)

We all know you will win!!

:)

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 26, 2011

That looks and sounds so delicious, what a good idea! Good luck!

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