Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Asparagus Gruyere Tart



And how was everyone's Memorial Day weekend? We were lucky enough to have good weather and spent our time together eating, playing and spending time with friends. In the short four days that we had together I got very spoiled and had a hard time relinquishing my husband back to school! But luckily I have a nice "food hangover" to distract me!

This beauty was something I found in my Martha Stewart Great Food Fast book. I've been making a ton of things from this cookbook, and so far I've found it to be a little "hit and miss." However, one thing I really love about it is that it's split up into the four seasons, which I think is fun, I love seasonal food. This particular tart was a total hit and something I would definitely make. It's simplicity was probably the best part about it, easier then throwing together a pizza! Puff pastry, cheese and asparagus...do I really need to tell you how good it was?


Asparagus Gruyere Tart
Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Flour, for work surface
1 thawed sheet frozen puff pastry
2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (I probably used half of that)
1 1/2 pound medium or thick asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
course salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16x10 inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place the pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score the dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce the dough inside the markings at half-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

2. Remove the pastry shell from the oven, and sprinkle with the cheese. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over the cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

25 comments:

Erica said...

WoW! This looks freaking awesome. Book marking this for sure. Love asparagus and who doesn't like puff pastry ;) Glad you had such a nice weekend. I did too- can't believe its over

Kim said...

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your weekend. Sounds like have great foodie memories too :) The tart looks especially tasty. I really do like Martha's recipes and need to make more of them.

Joanne said...

I really love savory tarts. They are like pizza but with puff pastry...so good!

girlichef said...

That's a beauty! Simple, perfect flavors going on here...I'm in need of a big piece, please ;)

Barbara said...

Isn't the asparagus wonderful right now? I love what you've done with this recipe. Gruyere is my favorite cheese and you can't beat the frozen puff pastry! This is really a great way to feature aspargus!

Alissa said...

Holy cow! Girl, this looks awesome!!!

A Year on the Grill said...

This is terrific.. Love the look and can do a lot with the presentation

The Blonde Duck said...

Cheese and pastry? I don't even mind the veggies. :)

jscardon said...

WOW!! This looks so pretty and really yummy! Go Martha.:)

Megan said...

I love Gruyere and I love this tart. I gotta get the stuff next grocery trip!!! Thumbs up!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Glad you had a fabulous weekend, Teresa! The weather seemed to have behaved, too. I would love to be able to hang out with my family like that again.

The tart looks SCRUMPTIOUS. Oh, I do adore asparagus...and what a great pairing with that nutty gruyere cheese! :-)

Krista said...

What a simple, yet fabulous combination of ingredients. I'm sure this was awesome. I can't wait to get more asparagus and try this out.

I love seasonal recipes too. : )

Julie said...

I'm totally with you up to the asparagus. I don't know what my problem is, I just don't like the stuff. Fill it with something else (maybe more cheese!) and I'm all over it :)

Sook said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy delicious and healthy asparagus! I bet my little boy would eat asparagus if I put them on a tart! :)

Lara said...

What a fun, pretty way to eat your veggies!

Ingrid said...

I bought that cookbook and then returned it as I didn't think I'd use it much. Must have missed this recipe. Thankfully you didn't! :)
~ingrid

theUngourmet said...

What a gorgeous tart! I swear I could eat asparagus at every meal! :)Glad you had a nice weekend.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This looks very elegant and delicious! I bet the gruyere was really good with the asparagus.

Rhandi said...

Um . .. HELLO this looks and sounds FABULOUS! I have been wanting to make something similar that I had in a cafe last month with but a lemon ricotta filling, you have inspired me- I am going to recreate and post. I can't wait! Beautiful pics!

Velva said...

This looks really good. Yum, the sharpness of the gruyere and mild asparagus is a delicious combination.

I love great weekends spent with friends and family. Hey, and being left with a food hnagover-pretty good. :-)

Lynn said...

Oh how I love those seasonal cookbooks :) They are the best. This looks like a real winner, Teresa. Asparagus, cheese, and puff pastry -- how can you go wrong?

♥peachkins♥ said...

this looks awesome!

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dinnersanddreams.net said...

So simple and delicious. I am a huge gruyère lover.

101natural.com said...

This tart looks very very interesting... thanks for sharing!!

Diana's Cocina said...

Beautiful! I have enjoyed this cookbook.