Little Pies with Wild Mushrooms: Panzerotti Ai Finferli

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
1 hr 10 min
20 min

4 servings

  • Pastry dough, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 3/4 pound chanterelles mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Pastry Dough:
  • 1/4 cup light red or white wine, such as Fiano del Avellino
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 ounces yeast cake
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Prepare the pastry according to the recipe, and roll out to even thickness. With a water glass or cookie cutter, cut into 2 1/2-inch diameter circles.

In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the oil over high heat until smoking. Add the mushrooms and saute over high heat until browned. Add the garlic, parsley, mascarpone and salt and pepper to taste, stir in, and remove from heat.

Spoon some of the filling onto one half of each of the pastry circles. Fold each circle over on itself and press the edges to make a seal.

In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat about 1/2 cup olive oil over high heat until almost smoking. Fry the pastries in the oil until golden-browned on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels, then serve.

Pastry Dough:

In a large bowl, combine wine, water and yeast and stir until dissolved. Add the honey, salt and olive oil and mix thoroughly. Add 1 cup of flour and mix with a wooden spoon until it becomes a loose batter. Add 2 more cups of flour and stir with the spoon for another 2 to 3 minutes, to incorporate as much of the flour as possible.

Bring the dough together with your hands and turn it out onto a floured board or marble surface. Knead for about 6 to 8 minutes, until you have made a firm, smooth dough. Place it in a clean, lightly-oiled bowl and cover it with a towel. Let it rise in the warmest part of the kitchen for 45 minutes.

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