How to make it

  • In a food processor, pulse flour with butter and salt until mixture resembles coarse meal. Note: You can always substitute pastry flour for A-P flour -- the lower protein content will give you a flakier crust.
  • Pour beaten egg evenly over mixture and pulse several times, just until evenly moistened. Don't overdue it. Nothing ruins a pie crust more than overmixing; the butter isn't supposed to melt.
  • Transfer pastry to work surface and gather into a ball. Flatten pastry into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to a 14-inch round not more than ⅛ inch thick. Using a 2¼-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out as many rounds as possible. Reroll scraps and stamp out more rounds.
  • Line cups of 3 12-cup mini-muffin pans with pastry rounds, pressing pastry into molds. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Cut out thirty-six 2-inch squares of foil and line the pastry with them. I often use little pleated paper muffin cups instead -- they are exactly the right size. I put four or five pennies into each cup to weigh the pastry down while it cooks.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until the shells are dry.
  • Remove the foil or the paper muffin cups and let cool.
  • In a medium bowl, soak the porcini in the boiling water until softened, about 20 minutes.
  • Lift the porcini out of the soaking liquid and pat dry, then finely chop them.
  • In a medium skillet, melt butter in olive oil. When foam subsides, add porcini and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Season with salt and pepper and stir in parsley.
  • Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl and let cool, then whisk in cream, whole egg, egg yolk, and Fontina.
  • Spoon the mushroom custard into the pastry shells and sprinkle with the chives.
  • Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes, or until set.
  • Let the pomponnettes cool slightly before serving.
  • The baked pomponnettes can be refrigerated overnight and rewarmed in a 325° oven.

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  • luisascatering 11 years ago
    hey, these are on my menu for a cocktail wedding reception this weekend!:
    -Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Caramelized Onion Marmalade
    -Wild Mushroom Pomponnettes
    -Spicy Pumpkin Puffs with Sweet Mango Chutney
    -Apple, Blue Cheese & Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves
    -Roasted Garlic Shrimp Cocktails
    -Prosciutto Wrapped Black Mission Figs with Goat Cheese

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  • leonora5 12 years ago
    I really cannot imagine anything I'd enjoy eating more than these gorgeous bites! It's way above my cooking skills but I'm gonna convince my husband to make these.
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  • krumkake 13 years ago
    Little bite-size quiches are one of my favorite appetizers - so many possibilities! Your recipe sounds delicious - thank you for sharing it.
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