March 21, 2013

A Simple Asparagus Cheese Tart for Easter

Asparagus Cheese Tart

I am doing everything within my power to will spring to arrive. This month we skipped our yearly Charleston sojourn because of the new baby and I miss that first kiss of sunlight and rush of Vitamin D that came with the southern climate. This year I am especially in need of it! To distract myself from the disastrous weather I am starting to cook with any and all of the spring produce I can get my hands on. It is still pretty slim pickin’s at the moment but I’ve managed to find some excellent asparagus and that is a good place to start.

Now that my son is two months old he is beginning to take longer naps that allow me to get back into naptime cooking. Yay! (For a while I thought might need to rename this blog The Sleepless Chef!) This week I used his one hour snooze to assemble this simple asparagus tart and pop it in the oven.

Asparagus Cheese Tart

To keep the recipe manageable I used regular frozen puff pastry instead of making a crust for tart pan. I rolled it out, assembled the cooked asparagus, poured the cheese mixture over the top and it was set to be baked! All of this was easily accomplished during his naptime and it was halfway done in the oven by the time we woke up.

This tart is perfect for serving at Easter next week. In fact, we are considering organizing a simple gathering of friends for brunch and this is one of the things that will be on the table for sure. It didn’t exactly bring spring weather with it, but it definitely ushered in the spirit of spring. And that will have to do for now.

Recipe

A Simple Asparagus Cheese Tart for Easter

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and rolled out to 11×17 rectangle
1 pound asparagus, washed and trimmed
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large egg yolks
¼ cup light cream
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chopped chives
ounces crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the puff pastry and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick it all over with a fork and bake it for about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the trimmed asparagus for about 3 minutes, or until a fork can just spear it and it is bright green in color. Drain the water and run the asparagus under cold water to stop it from cooking.

3. In a large bowl whisk the cheeses, egg yolks, light cream, salt, and chives. Spread this mixture over the pre-baked puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch boarder. Then arrange the asparagus on top of the egg mixture and dot it evenly with crumbles of the goat cheese. Bake the entire thing for about 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese mixture has puffed up.

4. Allow to cool slightly then serve in squares!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This simple asparagus tart is idea for Easter! It would also be nice topped with prosciutto or slices of cooked mushroom.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

This easy tart was a  huge hit and will be made a lot this spring for entertaining.

  • Sara @ Our Best Bites

    This looks so perfect for Easter brunch, I think it’s going on my menu!

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Cool – enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/hearthhomefront Moira Conlan

    We’re not doing a traditional Easter meal this year but it look perfect for a social I’m hosting in April. (And no doubt a dinner between now and then because I don’t think I can wait that long to try it!)

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      HI Moira – This is a great social dish and a fun easy dinner. Enjoy! Think spring!

  • http://twitter.com/AllSheCooks Jessica McCoy

    This looks so good. I’m putting it on my must try list!

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Kelsey,
    This looks so fresh and tasty. I can’t wait until the asparagus starts poking its head up around here. Meantime, I do have the cheeses in the fridge, so I’ll pick up puff pastry as I wait.
    Thanks!

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