ASPARAGUS GRUYERE TART–BOOK CLUB
I brought this tart to our Book Club meeting and it got good reviews. (Like the book, “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, which was our selection of the month) First time ever working with puff pastry, I’m eager to try again. Easy. My niece, Allyn, brought this recipe to my attention: Thanks, Allyn!!
Flour for the work surface and rolling pin
- 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 ( use parchment paper). 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 intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove pastry shell from the oven, and sprinkle with Gruyere. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange the spears in a single layer over the Gruyere. Alternate the ends and tips. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20-25 minutes.
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