Sauteed Mushrooms in Phyllo Crisps
Select small mushroom varieties that will fit into the small phyllo cups, such as yellow oyster, yellow foot, and cultivated enoki. Use a muffin tin that has two-inch-wide and one-inch-deep cups.
- 11 tablespoons (1 3/8 sticks) unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped plus 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
- 12 sheets frozen 11 1/2-by-16-inch phyllo dough, thawed
- 1/4 cup minced shallots (2 shallots)
- 8 ounces assorted fresh mushrooms, wiped clean
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack positioned in the center. Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, and set aside. Set 2 tablespoons of the thyme aside. Brush a mini-muffin tin with melted butter, and set tin aside.
Place 1 sheet phyllo dough on a clean, dry work surface; brush the entire sheet generously with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with reserved thyme. Place another sheet phyllo on top, brush with butter, and sprinkle with thyme. Repeat with 2 more sheets phyllo. Cut stack into twelve 3-inch squares. Gently press each square into muffin-tin cup. Bake until edges are just golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Repeat step two with 4 more sheets phyllo dough, melted butter, and thyme. Repeat again, for a total of 36 crisps. (The crisps may be made one day ahead and kept in an airtight container.)
In a large skillet, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme. Continue cooking, stirring often, until mushrooms have released some liquid and have cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Place 1/4 teaspoon goat cheese in the bottom of each phyllo crisp, and place 1 heaping teaspoon of the mushroom mixture on top of the goat cheese. Transfer the filled cups to a baking sheet. Cook in oven just until heated through, about 3 minutes. Garnish with more thyme, and serve.