Spring is here and I'm happy to report that the weather is finally coming around. At least here in the Midwest. As much as I am a lover of all things cold weather, the transition to the warm, fresh air and markets stocked with spring produce is a welcomed and beloved change.
When I entertain in the spring and summer months, I try to pick dishes that are 1) are easy to assemble; and 2) showcase seasonal veggies (and fruit for that matter). Why not let Mother Nature do most of the work?
The other day, while shopping with my three-year old, I picked up some beautiful, pencil-thin asparagus. I almost walked right past it in the produce section because at the time, I was trying to explain to my daughter why it's frowned upon to touch every single head of lettuce that she walks by. It's an ongoing battle.
Luckily, mid lecture, I spotted an absolutely gorgeous display of asparagus and I was the one who wanted to touch every single bundle. It suddenly became clear where my daughter's behavior comes from. Being the 'adult' that I am, I was able to say that we were in fact, going to be purchasing some of this beautiful asparagus and quickly grabbed up a few bundles and popped them into the cart. Hopefully, my cred as the grown up wasn't too badly bruised.
I decided to make a simple and rustic appetizer that would let the asparagus shine in all its green spear-y glory. Seriously, this stuff is just begging to have its picture taken. I utilized store bought puff pastry to ensure ease in assembly (see spring entertaining guideline number 1). The longest part of this entire recipe is waiting for the puff pastry to thaw out. If you can plan that portion ahead, you're in good shape.
A simple crumble of tangy goat cheese, thinly sliced red onion, olive oil and a sweet balsamic-honey drizzle round out this wonderfully simple yet scrumptious Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart. I found cutting it into eight portions was a perfect for an appetizer, but feel free to cut it into smaller (or larger) squares for a perfect start to any spring meal.
Enjoy the recipe below and try out goat cheese pizza recipe for another fun item using one of these ingredients!