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Cheesy Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

A delicious appetizer idea & way to enjoy in-season asparagus - on a butter puff pastry with a combo of savoury cheeses! *Recipe adapted from the Food Network*
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Brunch, dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: asparagus, cheese, puff pastry, starter
Servings: 6 people
Author: House of Kerrs

Ingredients

  • 1 225 g sheet butter puff pastry *thawed; we used President's Choice; measure about 8 x 8 in size*
  • 5 spears asparagus *trim, boil, blanch*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese *shredded*
  • 1 cup Fontina Cheese *shredded*
  • 1 green onion *chopped - pale green to white bulb stalk portion; use dark green shoot portion for garnish*
  • 3 tbsp 5% cream *whole milk, or heavier cream works as well*
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil *small portion to drizzle over asparagus*
  • Garlic powder *to taste*
  • salt & pepper *to taste*
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese *freshly grated*
  • Zest of lemon *for garnish, to taste*

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. If not already, thaw your puff pastry to room temperature. Roll out & add pastry sheet to parchment paper lined sheet pan. Prick the pastry with a fork or pick evenly around the surface area. Bake on middle oven rack 5-8 minutes until edges turn slightly golden. Remove & set aside.
  • In a pan, boil your asparagus in about 1/2 - 3/4 inch of water 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, drain hot water, then run the asparagus under cold water immediately to stop cooking (blanch).
  • In a mixing bowl, add your eggs, cream & green onion - whip together. Fold in your shredded cheeses. Add some garlic powder & a few pinches each salt & pepper - mix.
  • Smother the baked pastry tart with your egg-cheese mixture, leaving ½-¾ inch border/crust. Lay out your asparagus spears, drizzle with a bit of olive oil & sprinkle a few pinches grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese evenly over top.
  • Bake on middle oven rack 400°F for about 10 minutes, then turn temp to BROIL setting and broil about 5 mins (until cheese bubbles golden). Remove from oven & let sit about 5 mins. Sprinkle a bit of lemon zest over top. Cut into small squares with a pizza cutter & serve as an appetizer, on a brunch board or as a side to your favourite salad! Delish!
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