When you need a dish that looks fancy but it’s easy to make try this Baked Asparagus Tart. It looks stunning on the table and it’s perfect for any special (or not!) springtime dinners!
Flaky layers of puff pastry are topped with fresh thyme, crumbled goat cheese, and spears of asparagus. Baked up in the oven it makes for a side dish or appetizer that is sure to please everyone.
HOW TO SERVE Baked Asparagus tart
The best thing about this tart, besides its simple preparation, and how it tastes, is that it’s flexible! You can serve it anywhere and it fits right in. Got a fancy brunch? This tart works! Need a dish for a teacher’s luncheon, here you go! Got asparagus languishing in the fridge and you’re tired of it?? Make this tart!
Here are a few more reasons to make an asparagus tart:
- brunch on Easter
- Easter dinner
- baby showers
- bridal showers
- dinner with the inlaws
- anytime you want
What Should I serve this Asparagus Tart with?
It’s the perfect side dish for a beef roast or a roast leg of lamb or any large meal. It’s also equally happy to be served beside a nice bowl of soup for a lighter dinner. And it’s vegetarian so if you need a meatless meal it’s a good start!
And it looks, and tastes, wonderful on a buffet. Plus it looks like you worked way harder than you did. It’s kind of an illusion though because the hardest part of the whole thing is rolling out the puff pastry.
I used one-sheet of pepperidge farm pre-made puff pastry but you can make your own. I made it when I made savory palmiers. That recipe makes the equivalent of one sheet from a box of store-bought pastry. It’s not too hard either!
What do I need for this tart?
- Store-bought puff pastry
- goat cheese
- fresh thyme
What if I don’t have fresh thyme? You can sub in a little dried thyme or use another fresh or dried herb you happen to have on hand. Even Italian Seasoning will work!
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 3/4 pound fresh asparagus spears
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- pinch of kosher salt
- fresh cracked black pepper
- fresh thyme for garnish, if desired
- preheat the oven to 400°
- carefully open the sheet of puff pastry
- sprinkle it with the thyme leaves and roll it out to about 11X15 or so
- trim up the sides so it's rectangular
- lay it on a baking sheet lined with parchment
- poke the dough all over with a fork leaving a one-inch border around the rectangle
- crumble the goat cheese on top of the dough
- trim the tough ends off the asparagus
- lay the asparagus on top of the dough in a pleasing pattern, I chose to alternate the spears so each piece would have some of the tender tips and some of the stems
- bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the outer crust is puffed and browned and the asparagus is just tender
- transfer to a cutting board, cut with a large sharp knife, garnish with extra thyme
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Amount Per Serving Calories 49Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 3mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.
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