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.
To prepare an Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart:
- Flour, for the work surface
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 1/2 cups goat cheese, crumbles
- 1 1/2 pounds medium asparagus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat about 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.
On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16×10-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry 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 goats 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.