Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Accidental Asparagus Tart

This recipe is the result of my having thawed puff pastry sheets, thinking they were actually piecrusts. In order to save room, I'll often take the puff pastry sheets, shells, and piecrusts out of their respective boxes, and pop them into the freezer as it allows me more packing room. Never in the past have I mistaken one for the other, until now. My intention was to make a ham, Gruyere, and asparagus quiche. Instead I ended up making a ham, Gruyere, and asparagus tart.

What a wonderful mistake this turned out to be! This is one of the easiest things you can possibly make, and quite delicious. I sliced diagonally and served it along with a leafy green salad. You could slice it into bigger squares to serve as a main dish, slice into small squares to serve as an appetizer, or do what I did, and serve it with a side of soup or salad. Whatever you decide to do, you need to give this a try. It is easy, and delicious, and looks a whole lot fancier than it is. What more can one ask?
Accidental Asparagus Tart

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
½ pound fresh asparagus, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 1-1/2” pieces
1 cup cubed ham
6 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

Place puff pastry onto a cutting board and slice into two equal portions. Using a sharp knife, cut slices into edges of dough about 1" towards the center, all of the way around.

Top each puff pastry rectangle with shredded cheese, asparagus spears, and ham. Drizzle top of tarts with olive oil and cracked pepper.

Using a spatula, carefully place onto Silpat-lined baking sheet (or, you can just build them directly onto the Silpat). Bake for 20-25 minutes until asparagus are tender, and pastry is puffed and golden.

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Stacey said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! The ingredients have to be wonderful together and this looks pretty enough to serve at a party. Saving!!

Linda said...

Looks delish Pattie! I'm convinced that puff pastry makes almost anything look and taste fantastic. ;)

Deborah Lacy said...

This looks so yummy. I'll have to make this over the weekend. Yum!

Unknown said...

My type of recipe Pattie, perfect!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh I think I would like the tart better. I love pastry. I do the same thing boxes take up so much room.
I hope you'll come over and share this wonderfully sounding recipe! I think it would make for a great romantic brunch.
Here's this weeks link:
Happy Valentines Day.

Angelina at Petite Haus said...

That is a something I would do... mix the two up. Either way, looks delicious!

Marigene said...

Wow, your photos are magazine worthy, Pattie! This is simple, but am guessing, delicious. I need to buy what they usually have at Aldi's...looks like a trip to Lawrence this weekend. I always have cheese, ham and puff pastry.
Enjoy the weekend, it's going to be warmer.

Laineshots said...

I love it when mistakes turn into beautiful successes! This one certainly did. Who wouldn't serve this with pride? Thanks for sharing!

The Charm of Home said...

That looks beautiful the way you cut it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

The Charm of Home said...

I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!

Miz Helen said...

Your Asparagus Tart looks fabulous! Happy Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen