Asparagus Tart

20.04.2012

Spring is a wonderful time of year and heralds a wealth of seasonal vegetables. One of my very favourites is asparagus and this tart really sets it off for a delicious lunch or supper option. It is a perfect recipe for children to help you prepare.

Serves 4 - 6

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500g fresh asparagus spears (chop off the stringy bottoms)
  • 375g pack ready made puff pastry
  • 120g soft goat's cheese (I use Soignon in this recipe but it does not matter)
  • 12 pitted green olives
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze

Method:

Heat the oven to 200°C. Set a saucepan full of water to boil briskly then add the asparagus spears. Cook for 6 minutes then transfer to a bowl of cold water with ice cubes in it this blanches the asparagus spears and preserves their colour.

Roll out the puff pastry into a large rectangle (approx 12" x 18"), or a round if you prefer, and set out on a greased baking tray. With a sharp knife score a line mirroring the shape of the rectangle but 1" in from the edge this will create a boundary for your asparagus and also help the edges of the pastry to rise up when cooking.

Lay out the asparagus spears in rows onto the top of the pastry, with some of the tips facing one way and some the other. Slice your goat's cheese, about 3mm thickness and lay on top of the asparagus at fairly regular intervals. Top with the olives then brush the beaten egg around the edges of the pastry to glaze.

Cook in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes or until the pastry is a rich golden brown colour and the goat's cheese is nicely melting. Enjoy with a fresh spring salad or a side serving of wilted spinach.

Kids:

You can take control of this recipe and prepare it at all stages, as long as you have an adult to guide you. The word "seasonal" means that it is the time of year that this vegetable grows, therefore, it is readily available locally and rich in the essential nutrients you need. Asparagus is a great way of getting folate, vitamin K (needed for proper bone formation and blood clotting so that if you fall over and bleed your body will soon form a protective scab to make you heal) and vitamin C.

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