I saw this tart on Martha Stewart's website and needed a quick and easy appetizer for my party last week. This Asparagus Guyere Cheese Tart is really simple to make and because you twice bake the pastry, I thought I was going to burn the dough before the aparagus got a chance to roast, but it was perfect. The asparagus had just the right amound of crunch and the pastry puff was brown but not burnt. Martha says you can also use Emmenthaler or Fontina cheese.
I meant to post this right away, but then had to recover........ from my party last week. My friend Christine took beautiful pictures of the food I made, but because of the lighting in my kitchen, everything tends to get this orange cast. You can see it in my posting for Shrimp and Goat Cheese Crepes too, sooooo, I made another tart and used my lightbox because again, it was evening. I could have kept the tart in the oven a bit longer this time. It was still declicious and I still manage to eat half of it, all in the name of food blogging and again, I can get Boston enough on you when I say, it was wicked easy to make. We'll have to film my girlfriend Lisa C, saying this the next time. She does Boston proud.
Flour, for work surface1 sheet frozen puff pastry
5 1/2 ounces (2 cups) Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 1/2 pounds medium or thick asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove pastry shell from oven, and sprinkle with Gruyere. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over Gruyere, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.