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“Asparagus Cheese Tarts”

Another thing about the big garden at Tulipwood is that there were asparagus popping up all over the place this year. They just spontaneously sprouted wherever they pleased… amongst the tomato plants, with the radishes. It was like a game of Where’s Waldo?… where would we come across an asparagus next? The reason for all of this is that we didn’t plant them. They were actually  planted by my grandmother in the 1970s and they are still showing up all these years later. For that reason, I will always love asparagus.

You know what else I like about asparagus? When they bolt and go to seed again, they have these beautiful wispy tendrils that look really nice in a bouquet.

They also make nice tarts.

Simple tarts. Ones that require anything you have in your refrigerator that goes well, in your opinion, with asparagus.

Mushrooms and asparagus? Amen!

A little lemon zest? Yes!

Cheese? Did you have to even ask?

Slice them any way you please. The more tender, young asparagus don’t need much cutting, The thicker ones can be cut in half.

A quick saute, just a quick one, helps the cooking in the oven.

Let them cool…

Then add the cheese and sour cream… or Greek Yogurt if you’re wanting to feel less guilty about the whole affair.

Have you ever tried to make puff pastry from scratch? I did it a lot in culinary school. It is an insane thing to do. Who invented such a thing? Or more improtantly, what angel invented the kind in the freezer aisle? It saves approximately 564 hours.

You’re gonna love this recipe, come check it out on Tasty Kitchen where I’ve done a handy step-by-step.

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  1. Fabulous savory tart!

  2. i’ve never made scratch puff pastry and never been to culinary school . . . but i do know this: there is a special place in heaven for the saint who created puff pastry in the freezer aisles . . . these are some of my favorite kinds of meals Georgia – simple but big on flavor!!

  3. We are nuts about asparagus here……..I know my girls would LOVE this!!

  4. One of the best looking tarts I have ever seen and the flavors are magnificent!

  5. Mmmm. You could use this recipe with all kinds of things. Artichoke hearts, morels and parmesan? I think yes.

  6. This recipe sounds delicious! I have a similar one, below. Check out my blog for more ideas – http://www.BetterOffHealthy.com!

    Asparagus and Gruyere Pastry

    Ingredients:
    1 8-oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls
    1 lb. asparagus
    1/2 lb. Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
    Olive oil
    Salt
    Pepper

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    Roll out crescent rolls completely (do not separate). Pinch together all seams to combine into one large rectangle. Bake on a greased baking pan at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

    When pastry is done, top with sliced Gruyere cheese. Layer the asparagus on top.

    Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Continue to bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.