Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart
Simple. A classic French treat, this savory tart is perfect for an appetizer, lunch, or dinner. Full of flavor and easy to make, this asparagus and goat cheese tart is a stunning treat for any occasion. The subtle taste of the tender spears, creamy cheese, and golden pastry create a harmonious combination that will dazzle your tongue. Served warm or at room temperature, this tart is certain to get rave reviews.
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 1/2 cups goat cheese crumbles
- 1 1/2 pounds medium asparagus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Position rack in center of oven and heat to 400 degrees.
Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large skillet. Cook asparagus for about 4 minutes or until bright green in color. Drain the asparagus and rinse in cool water to stop the cooking. Place asparagus on a clean towel to dry.
Lightly dust a pastry board with flour and roll the dough into a 10” x 16” inch rectangle.
- Transfer on to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Fold about 1″ of dough in around the edges to form a frame. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough inside the folded edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals.
- Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. The center of the pastry will puff up as it cooks, but will deflate as it cools leaving a “tray” to build your tart on.
- Evenly cover the top of the pastry with the crumbled goat cheese.
- Trim the asparagus to fit inside the frame of the tart. Place the spears close together alternating directions as you go.
- Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender.
- Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
- Best served at room temperature or just slightly warm. A bed of salad makes an excellent companion for this pastry.
Add a sprinkle of red pepper flake to spice up your tart.