Don't you love it when you're browsing food blogs, see something
you'd like to make, and realize you have all of the ingredients on
hand? That's exactly what happened to me yesterday as I was wandering through Lydia's archives at The Perfect Pantry. There it was: a recipe for a simple asparagus tart in puff pastry. Even better, Lydia recommends a specific type of frozen puff pastry and it's the only brand I buy! Win!
This tart is a Martha Stewart Living recipe and man, is it good! So easy to make, so rich-tasting, so pretty. Thanks, Lydia!
Asparagus Gruyere Tart
from Everyday Food - Great fast Food, by Martha Stewart Living Magazine
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
2 cups (approx. 5-1/2 oz) gruyere, Emmental or swiss cheese, shredded
1-1/2 pounds medium asparagus
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. On a floured surface, roll pastry into a 16 x 10 inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place the pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife score the dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce the dough inside the markings at half-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove the pastry shell from the oven, and sprinkle with cheese. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over the cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.