Musical pairing – I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
This is going to be a super quick post as this is a super quick no-recipe, recipe – and it’s delicious to boot! My ‘Nati’ family made this for a family gathering several months back and I’ve loved it ever since. I hope you do too!
NO-RECIPE, RECIPE ASPARAGUS TART
One of Martha Stewart’s Cookbooks, although I can’t remember which one
Fresh Asparagus, washed and patted dry
Gruyere or Swiss Cheese (approx ½ cup), grated
Puff Pastry (preferably a brand without trans fats), slightly thawed
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wash and pat dry asparagus; snap or cut off tough, lower ends; set aside. Unfold and gently roll puff pastry to smooth out seams; I use Trader Joe’s puff pastry and it comes flat out of the box (no rolling needed!). Score puff pastry approximately ½-1 inches around the edges and prick with fork all over (they call this ‘docking’ in the pastry world).
Spread grated cheese evenly over bottom of puff pastry just to the scored area leaving that ½-1 inch edge free of cheese.
Lay asparagus across the puff pastry horizontally, alternating spears top to bottom, i.e., place the first spear tip at the top of the puff pastry (inside the scored lines), place the second spear tip pointing toward the bottom of the puff pastry (see photo if this doesn’t make sense).
Salt & Pepper the tart and place into a 400-degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden brown and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Cut and serve.
This tart works well as a main dish served with a salad for a vegetarian meal but it can be served as a side with a chicken or pork dish or you could also cut into bite-sized pieces to serve as an appetizer. I’ve even topped this tart with a poached egg and serve it for breakfast – YUM!
SMITH BITES NOTES:
Pencil thin asparagus works best for this recipe
Gruyere cheese works best, but if you can’t find it Swiss is a fine substitute
I use Trader Joe’s Puff Pastry; any puff pastry can be substituted but look for a brand without the trans fats. Don’t let the pastry thaw completely as that will result in a flat dough that won’t ‘puff’!