Asparagus Tart: Covered with Goat Cheese, Goodness

Emily Caruso | Jelly Toast

Spring asparagus shines brightly when paired with tangy goat cheese and a balsamic-honey drizzle.

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart Photo

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.

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart Picture

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!

    8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to the package direction
  • 1 pound asparagus, washed and woody ends trimmed
  • 3 thin slices red onion, rings separated (1/8 of a medium red onion)
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the thawed puff pastry until you have roughly a 10in x 15in rectangle. Transfer the puff pastry to the prepared baking sheet. If your rectangle gets misshappen, just trim any wonky bits with a sharp knife.
  3. Using the tip of a sharp knife, score about 1 inch in from the edge of the pastry, without cutting all the way through. This will form a bit of a crust for the tart shell. On the inside of the scoring mark, make little prick marks with a fork in the pastry, spacing your marks about 1/4 inch a part. Be sure to prick all over the inside of the tart. This will prevent the pastry from puffing too much in the center.
  4. Bake the tart shell for about 12-15 minutes. Remove pastry from oven and reduce the oven temp to 325°F.
  5. Scatter the crumbled goat cheese all over the inside of the tart shell. Lay asparagus across the width of the tart,alternating tips and cut ends. Arrange sliced onion over the top of the asparagus and press down gently on the veggies to help them stay in place. Drizzle the entire tart with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake the assembled tart for 22-25 minutes or until asparagus is tender and goat cheese is soft.
  7. In the meantime, whisk together balsamic vinegar and honey in a small dish. Drizzle the balsamic and honey mixture over the tart after it comes out of the oven.
  8. Cut the tart into 8 pieces and serve!

Asparagus and goat cheese tart picture

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Emily caruso

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Stephie swope
stephiecooks.com

Emily, this is just goooooorgeous! (I also find your story about your daughter very funny.) :-)

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I'm sure I could make a meal out of this too!

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

It really does make a great meal!

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Uau this is amazing :)love it!

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ madscar

I'm so glad you like it!! Thanks so much!

Kate donahue
FoodBabbles.com

Forget appetizer! I'm eating this as a meal. It's so lovely I feel it should be the star, not the starter ;) This is absolutely lovely. And I can completely relate to both a 3-year-old touching every bit of produce she can get her hands on as well as my own personal desire to caress all that beauty ;)

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ Kate Donahue

Ha, thanks so much Kate! I'm glad I am not the only one with this battle ;)

Aimee shugarman
shugarysweets.com

I love every. single. thing. about this recipe! YUM!

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ Aimee Shugarman

Thanks so much, Aimee!!