I have been thinking a lot lately about my culinary influences. I love learning from cooks an food traditions from around the world, and it has made my life richer and delicious. I am fascinated by different ingredients or different preparations of ingredients I know well, and I love to try new cuisines in an attempt to appreciate foods and the people that made them.
To make this tart, I was inspired by a Vietnamese omelette recipe in Andrea Nguyen‘s book Into the Vietnamese Kitchen; an excellent book with information on American favorites like Pho and Bahn Mi but also a host of delicious Vietnamese heirloom recipes. After cooking from this book, my mind was opened up to a whole new world of cooking with eggs to include recipes spiked with fish sauce and flavored with shallots. This tart is simple and a tasty way to mix up breakfast or brunch.
You’ll need a tart pan or shallow pie pan. Makes 3-4 servings.
- 1 pound frozen or blanched and drained dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collards
- 6 shiitake mushrooms
- 2-3 shallots
- 5 cloves garlic
- 2″ knob ginger
- 3-5 serrano chiles
- 3 eggs
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 pre-made puff pastry sheet or homemade puff pastry
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Roll out a pastry crust into a tart pan. Chill in the freezer while you assemble ingredients.
- Hydrate mushrooms in hot water: boil water and pour over the dried mushrooms in a bowl. Leave to soak for about ten minutes, or until the centers are not stiff any longer and the mushrooms are moist throughout. Defrost the greens.
- Peel and mince shallots, garlic, and ginger. Mince chiles.
- Drain and dice mushrooms once rehydrated.
- Mix all ingredients, including the eggs and the juice of the lime, together in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the pastry crust.
- Bake for 40 minutes, until crust is golden brown and center is firm. This mixture is not very eggy, but the eggs should have set.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes, cut and serve. This tart also holds up well in the fridge to make in advance of breakfast or brunch!