This tart is slightly labor intensive, with everything being made completely from scratch, but the finished dish is worth the effort for special occasions, or even just a Saturday night dinner in front of the TV when paired with a simple salad. It’s delicious hot, cold and at room temperature, making it the perfect brunch buffet companion. Each component can be made a day or two in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use. —dawnviola
8 to 10
For the Jam:
tablespoon olive oil
cup minced onion
teaspoon kosher salt
teaspoon red pepper flakes
garlic clove, minced
tablespoon tomato paste
tablespoons minced dried fig
teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
cup balsamic vinegar
teaspoon organic sugar
(28-oz) can chopped San Marzano tomatoes
For the filling:
medium onions, peeled and chopped
pounds baby portobello mushrooms, cut in quarters
For the jam, in a medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally until softened and caramelized, about 12 minutes. Stir in red pepper flakes and garlic, cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato paste and fig; cook, stirring constantly 3 minutes. Stir in cocoa, balsamic and vinegar until well incorporated. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to low; cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture reduces to 1 cup, about 2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to use, or refrigerate up to 7 days.
For the filling, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl combine onions, mushrooms, rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Transfer filling to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread filling into an even layer and drizzle oil left in the bottom of the bowl over the filling. Place baking sheet in the oven. Bake 40 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and fragrant. Remove baking sheet from oven, let cool 15 minutes. Place filling in food processor and pulse until filling is roughly chopped, about 2 to 3 pulses. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Meanwhile, for the crust, butter a 9-inch round tart pan (or rectangular tart pan) with removable bottom, set aside. In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic and salt; cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and stock. Bring to boiling, reduce to simmer. Slowly whisk in polenta, stirring until smooth. Cook, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, let cool 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in cream and Parmesan until well mixed. Stir in egg. Press polenta into buttered tart pan to create 1/4-inch thick side and bottom crusts. Place tart pan on an unlined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until set and lightly browned.
Remove pan from oven. Spoon mushroom mixture evenly over the polenta crust. Slice into wedges or rectangles and serve with tomato-fig jam.