California Walnut and Wild Mushroom Hand Pies

California Walnut and Wild Mushroom Hand Pies

A simple pastry dough envelops this delectable duo, pairing the earthy flavors of mushrooms with the subtle nutty flavor of California Walnuts.

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 tbsp whipping cream

Filling

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cups combination of shiitake, oyster and chanterelle mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup California Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. In food processor, pulse flour and salt. Add butter and cream cheese; pulse just until dough forms pea-sized pieces. Drizzle cream evenly over dough and pulse until it begins to clump. Remove dough from processor; pat into round (add 1 additional tbsp cream if dough does not hold together) and refrigerate in plastic wrap at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
  2. In small bowl, pour boiling water over porcini mushrooms and let sit 10 minutes. In sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add shallots; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender, but not browned. Add mushrooms (not porcini) and walnuts to pan; cooking 5 minutes or until tender. Add porcini mushrooms with water and white wine; cook 7 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat; let cool. Stir in Parmesan. Can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut 24 circles. Add one heaping tbsp mushroom mixture to center of 12 circles. Brush edges of pastry with egg; place remaining rounds on top and crimp edges with fork. Slit tops with knife. Arrange 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with egg. Bake in center of 350°F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is golden. Serve warm.