Asparagus Tart with tarragon, chives, and gruyere in a flakey puff pastry crust- a simple, elegant dish, perfect for a special occasion. Under 30 minutes of hands-on time!
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Quick and impressive, this springtime tart comes together with little effort. Fresh asparagus paired with fresh French tarragon and chives, the combination of these flavors is just so savory good! The rich flakey puff pastry crust holds a simple herby cream cheese filling topped with tangy grated gruyere. The asparagus is arranged atop of the filling, and then it all bakes to perfection in the oven.
If you need a fast and easy idea for Mother’s Day or any special occasion- this could be it! Perfect for an appetizer, brunch, lunch, or a light summer dinner.
Asparagus Tart can be made up to 2 hours ahead and served at room temperature.
Gather up your ingredients. I am using store-bought puff pastry here for simplicity ,and if you wish, you can definitely make your own! (Try this recipe for rough puff).
Puff Pastry Crust
The best tip here when using pre-made frozen dough is to let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
TIP: When working with puff pastry, it helps to get its temperature just right. If it is too cold, it will be stiff and difficult to unroll. If too warm, it will lose its structure.
Do this: Thaw puff pastry overnight in the fridge. Pull it out of the box (but leave it in the plastic) and set it on the counter 15 minutes before rolling. If it feels stiff, just let it continue sitting on the counter until it relaxes a bit.
Roll the puff pastry out to 1/4 inch thickness, approximately 11 x 13 or 12 x 12. Prick the dough with a fork.
Two options for a crust edge:
For a faster process;
- You can score the crust by slicing 1/2 way through about 1 inch from the edge. This will allow the crust to rise above the filling.
- Brush the 1″ edge with egg wash for lovely golden color.
- Par bake the crust for 18 minutes (or until it looks puffed and starting to brown) at 400 degrees.
Alternatively, if you want a higher, more substantial crust;
- Carefully trim off 1- inch strips from each side of the rolled out pastry and set them aside, leaving them uncooked.
- Par bake the crust for 18 minutes (or until it looks puffed and starting to brown) at 400 degrees. Let cool.
- Brush with an egg wash on 1 inch of the edge of the baked pastry.
- Lay trimmed edge strips on top fo the pastry edge; the egg wash acts as glue. Brush the top with the egg wash for the beautiful golden color.
Here we have used option #2 for a higher crust. Make sure you use the egg wash on the bottom of the strips to adhere to the dough.
Herby Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients
No big effort here! Just combine and spread on the cooled prebaked crust.
Tip for spreading the filling:
Place all of the cream filling in the middle of the tart. Spread from the center with a metal spatula (like a cake frosting spatula), gently pushing it out to all the edges. Keep the filling out in front of the spatula. This will help to not pull up flakes from the cooked pastry crust.
I love the flavor of this spreadable probiotic cream cheese. It has more of a bright tang. Feel free to substitute mascarpone, chèvre, creme fraiche, or ricotta.
Sprinkle grated gruyere on top of the cream cheese layer.
Fresh Asparagus and Chives
- This works best with smaller or medium-sized asparagus. (Though you can always slice the larger stalks in half lengthwise.)
- Get the asparagus trimmed to the length needed to arrange on the tart.
- Toss with a little olive oil and place on the tart. You can get creative with placement or just line them up. It will be pretty either way!
- Toss in a few chive blossoms if you have them.
Assembling The Tart
- Preheat at 425 degrees.
- Spread herby cream cheese on top of the cooled prebaked pastry crust.
- Sprinkle grated gruyere over cream cheese mixture.
- Cut, oil, and arrange asparagus and chives on top of the tart.
- Bake 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden.
Let rest at least 20 minutes before slicing and up to 2 hours.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
- chive blossoms
- fresh tarragon
- lemon zest
Hope you have a beautiful Mother’s Day! Holidays can be tender times for so many varied reasons. May you find some peace and beauty this weekend no matter what the agenda. Bake an Asparagus Tart! It is bound to bring you joy!
More Asparagus Recipes you may like:
- Fennel Asparagus Salad
- Lemony Asparagus Risotto
- Quinoa Asparagus Salad (aka Spring Tabouli)
- Spring Orzo with Asparagus, Lemon and Dill
- Asparagus, Mushroom and Tofu Stir-Fry
- Creamy Asparagus Soup
Asparagus Tart with tarragon, chives and gruyere in a flakey puff pastry crust- a simple elegant dish perfect for a special occasion. Under 30 minutes hands-on time!
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- 8 oz spreadable cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh French tarragon
- 2 1/2 oz gruyere cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about one medium lemons worth)
- 1 teaspoon dijon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 bunch asparagus – pencil-sized
- 1 egg – for egg wash (see notes)
Thaw puff pastry overnight or according to directions on the package.
Set oven to 400 degrees.
- On a piece of parchment, roll puff pastry out to 1/4 inch thickness approximately 11 x 13 or 12 x 12. Transfer parchment with pastry to a standard baking pan. Prick the dough with a fork.
- Faster crust option 1; Score the crust by slicing 1/2 way through about 1 inch from the edge. This will allow the “crust” to rise. Brush the top with the egg wash, for golden color. Bake crust at 400 degrees for 18 minutes (or until it looks puffed and starting to brown). Cool. Flakier Crust option 2; With a sharp knife carefully trim off 1-inch strips from each side of the rolled out pastry and set aside leaving them uncooked. Bake crust for 15 minutes (or until it looks puffed and starting to brown) at 400 degrees. Let cool. Generously brush egg wash on 1 inch of the edge of the baked pastry. Lay trimmed set aside edge strips on the edge of cooked pastry. (The egg wash acts as glue). Brush the top with the egg wash for the beautiful golden color.
- Make Filling: In a bowl mix together cream cheese, dijon, lemon zest, chives, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly over the cooled pastry crust with a metal spatula. Sprinkle gruyere over cream cheese mixture.
- Cut asparagus spears to fit on your tart, toss with a little olive oil and arrange on top of tart.
- Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Optional garnishes: chive blossoms, fresh tarragon, lemon zest
This works best with small or medium sized asparagus. ( Though you can always slice the larger stalks in half lengthwise.)
To make an egg wash; mix an egg yolk with 1-2 tablespoons of water.
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