Monday, April 18, 2011

Asparagus Parmesan Tart

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Fresh asparagus is showing up in the market these days.  It looked so good the other day that I picked up a bundle.  Thumbing through a couple of cookbooks (see old post), I came across this tasty looking recipe for a tart.  It seemed like the perfect addition to the roasted chicken thighs and saffron rice being served that evening.

Asparagus - Parmesan Tart
From Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home 
(Recipe and Video also available here)

1 sheet (14 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 large egg, well beaten
10 medium asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed, shaved into thin strips using a vegetable peeler
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface, just until creases are smooth. Trim dough to a 10-inch square. Lightly score a 1/2-inch border around dough. Brush off excess flour and transfer dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes.

2.Brush border of dough with the beaten egg. Bake until puffed and starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Toss asparagus with the oil, and season with salt and pepper.

3.Remove tart shell from oven and press down on the center with a spatula. Arrange asparagus on top. Bake until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 4 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack 5 minutes before slicing into squares.  Deb's Tip:  Use a pizza cutter to slice tart into squares.

I can't wait for those little flowery asparagus heads to pop through the soil in our garden.  It is amazing when freshly picked and served the same day!
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  1. Deb - this is definitely making it to my table in the near future...including the wine!! :) Be sure to link this up to Foodie Friday!!

    If you get a sec, pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

  2. Deb, this looks wonderful! I would love to try it for a party sometime. Love all things Martha!

    I would like to learn how you cropped the images in your blogguidebook post. I want to do a club post.

  3. Oh my! this looks divine! I love anything asparagus!! I also want to know how you cropped those images! It was a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  4. Thanks for the comment today on my blogger award. I wanted to email you back but you need to add an email address to your profile!! Get on it, girl!! :)

  5. Looks amazingly delicious!
    Thanks for swinging by my blog and leaving a comment....

  6. Well, YUMMMM-MEEE...this sounds amazing. I thank you for sharing the recipe.
    I am linking up to follow..come see me when you can.
    xo bj
    oops, that ole word verification is on, in case you didn't know. :))

  7. I am a huge asparagus fan! Thanks for sharing this. I hope you'll post it over at Momtrends on our weekly linky.

  8. That looks absolutely divine. I cannot wait to try it for myself.

  9. You already know I am a fan of this recipe as I sought you out!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

    Oh, and if you haven’t done so already - don’t forget to pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! I’ll give you a hint...Homes, Food, and all things Frugal!!

  10. This looks so good! I really need to give it a try!
    ~new follower :)
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  11. I can only imagine how wonderful this tastes. Asparagus is my most favorite vegetable. You have prepared it in such a simply, elegant manner. It's beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us. Have a great weekend, Candace

  12. this looks amazing! found you at LBR.


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