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Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

19 Comments 09 March 2012

Have you ever needed something to make for guests, but you weren’t sure what exactly? You just needed it to be quick, easy and tasty? Guess what? You don’t have to go to the ready-made freezer section this time. Not completely. You can has Fancy Party/Guest Food and you can has the credit. ALL the credit. High five.

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Gruyere cheese is some of the loveliest, most terrific melting cheese you will ever use. The flavor is phenomenal, which is probably why there’s so few ingredients in this tart. You don’t need a lot of different flavor additives when you’ve got Gruyere; it’s that good. It is, however, a tad pricey. The original recipe recs Fontina cheese as a substitute and it is a little better price-wise and is also a great melting cheese. I’d say it’s flavor is more mild, though, not as strong as Gruyere, which is nutty, a little salty and slightly like Swiss, but only just slightly.

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Other than the ingredients numbering few, the other great convenience to this recipe is ready-made puff pastry from your freezer section. I’ve watched shows and videos of puff pastry being made from scratch.

I can pretty much promise you this will never happen at Full Fork Ahead. Not unless we suddenly get some large, professional-grade kitchen or something. From what I’ve seen, one needs a lot of room. And skill. And time.

Anyway, thaw your frozen dough and roll it out, finishing up by torturing it with a knife and a fork.

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The tart shell is baked a little first. And I gotta talk about puff pastry for a sec here. Above, and it’s faint, but there, we scored the pastry an inch into it lightly with a sharp knife. We weren’t sure, but we assumed this was to give the tart that outer “rim” that would then house the cheese and asparagus. The whole think baked into one big puff, though, so we lightly pressed down on the “inisde” of the pastry with a spatula until there was enough of an indentation to work.

Are you getting the point yet? Puff pastry is a mystery to us! Anyway, it worked out in the end.

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We salute you, asparagus! For you are little spears of powerfully green goodness. AMEN.

Lay them on top of the shredded Gruyere, alternating the ends as shown.

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Brush the spears with a little olive oil, then give ‘em a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.

A little Full Fork Ahead fact: Sis blogging partner always tells me when it’s enough salt if we’re doing it to taste. Always. *giggle*

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Shazam! It’s baked!

It smells good enough to shove people aside to get to. And look, it got its rim in the second baking! We are SO proud of you, Mysterious Puff Pastry!

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Shazam! It’s cut! Almost there now.

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Oh man. Please do not get between me and this tart. I care about your safety, see.

It’s delicate because of the puff pastry – the stuff will flake away easily at the edges of the tart – but when you get a bite of the buttery tart, the soft cheese and the still-slightly-crunchy asparagus…bliss. Can you imagine that all this thing needed was a little salt and pepper to finish it off? Serve it up to guests and just feel great that you made something this tasty with little effort and a few ingredients. Good job. Now let’s eat.

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

from Everyday Food, March/April 2003

Prep Time: 15 minutes     Cook Time: About 45 minutes    Level: Easy     Serves: 4

  • Flour, for work surface
  • 1 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.

Notes:

When we rolled out the puff pastry, it was so thin it was almost like trying to pick up a billowing sheet of delicate material. Just work with it as carefully as possible and don’t worry if it doesn’t form into a nice, even rectangle. A little misshapen-ness just makes it look a little rustic. Or so we say. Wink.

As said above, Fontina is a good substitute for the Gruyere cheese, as is Emmentaler.

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19 Comments so far

  1. Just a beautiful tart, my favorite food. I’m inspired to do this for Sunday brunch.

  2. Ambika says:

    I LOVE asparagus and this tart is so perfect! Lovely photographs!

  3. Rikki says:

    I love gruyere cheese! This looks so good and it really is quite beautiful. Really great recipe.

  4. sara says:

    This looks wonderful – asparagus has been way on sale at my grocery lately and I’ve been trying to think of ways to use it up…this sounds super delicious, yum! :)

  5. I just made this today for my St. Patty’s Day post and it was fabulous! The camera was LOVING the beautiful green :)

    Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe!

  6. KMont says:

    Sorry I’m late commenting!

    Angela, thanks and hope you were able to make the tart and that you enjoyed it!

    Thank you, Ambika! :)

    Thanks, Rikki! Gruyere is divine. :D

    Chung-Ah, that’s great! I’ll have to pop over to look at your pics on Saturday.

  7. brigitteq says:

    This turned out delicious and could not have been easier to make. I would do this again. I think it would be tasty with a poached egg on top for brunch too. The only adjustment I made is that I shortened the baking time by about 5 minutes because it was starting to brown. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • KMont says:

      Yep, the oven times will definitely vary. I made it a second time and almost burned mine thinking the same baking time as before would apply. Ovens are just weird like that. Always have to keep an eye on them. Glad you enjoyed the tart!

  8. vanessa says:

    This was delcicious! Made this for Easter dinner and it was a hit! Not one crumb left- thanks :)

  9. Kimberly says:

    OMG!! The pictures are amazing, but the actual tart is spectacular!! Goodness, why didn’t I think of asparagus and guyere cheese together before?? The combination is pure perfection and that crispy, flaky puff pastry dough is the best!! Just made it this weekend and I’ll be making it again shortly enough. Now let me head to the gym to work off all this cheese! LOL.

    • KMont says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for mentioning the gym! It’s about time I paid my treadmill a visit again. ;)

  10. Erin says:

    You’ve got to add some creme fraiche to that tart! It will make the taste of the grueyre pop!

    My favorite tart, similar to this one, has phyllo dough on either side – the inside has dijon mustard, then creme fraiche, then gruyere, then sliced ham. Delicious. Crack an egg on the top of the top layer of phyllo dough to make it glisten as it bakes.

  11. Rose says:

    This was what I was looking for. I was searching for some yummy and healthy tarts when I came across your blog. I will definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing!


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