BLISSFUL BEAR-Y BITES 

Mushroom Tartlets, Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches, & Cucumber Salad

Hosted by Elyachan

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Panel Airs: Saturday, May 29th, 10:15 AM PDT / 1:15 PM EDT

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MUSHROOM TARTLETS

Based on this recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 premade pie crust (room temperature, unbaked), plus flour for rolling

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 8 oz mushrooms (minced)

  • 1 clove garlic

  • Fresh thyme

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • Salt and pepper

  • 4 oz goat cheese, or other soft cheese (such as cream cheese) for the mousse

  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

  • Balsamic glaze: balsamic vinegar, honey (use this recipe), or you may be able to find a premade glaze (I’ve seen one in the deli section of Sprouts)

Tools

  • ​Oven at 350°F (180°C)

  • Standard 12-cup muffin tin

  • Cookie cutter (3" to 3.5" round)

  • Rolling pin

  • Stove 

  • Sauté pan

  • Wooden spoon

  • Stand mixer or handheld mixer with whisk attachment and mixing bowl (for mousse)

  • Piping bag or zipper storage bag

  • Small saucepan (for glaze)

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SMOKED SALMON TEA SANDWICHES

Based on this recipe

Ingredients 

  • Sliced bread! Dark Pumpernickel for bears, or a baguette sliced thin and lightly toasted as crostini

  • Garlic & herb cream cheese (or use the goat cheese mousse from the tartlets)

  • Smoked salmon, sliced (one 4 oz. package is plenty)

  • ½ English cucumber, sliced thin

  • Fresh dill and capers for garnish

Tools

  • ​Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Mandolin slicer (recommended for cucumber)

  • Spatula for spreading cheese

  • Optional: Cookie cutters! Bear, stars, and small round cutters for details. I highly recommend adding a set of round cookie cutters to your cooking toolkit; available from a local kitchen gadget store or online

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BONUS: CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients 

  • The remainder of the cucumber from the tea sandwiches

  • Rice vinegar

  • Sesame oil

  • Furikake rice seasoning (usually includes sesame seeds, nori, etc.)