Recipe

Asparagus and goats' cheese tart

Indulge in this deliciously crisp, cheesy and tender asparagus and goat's cheese tart.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 18 thin asparagus (320g)
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened (heavy) cream
  • 70 gram soft goats' cheese, crumbled
Asparagus salad
  • 340 gram asparagus
  • 1/3 cup fresh small basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon lemon rind strips (see tip)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Method

Asparagus and goat's cheese tart
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • 2
    Grease a 21cm x 30cm loose-based fluted flan tin. Overlap pastry sheets slightly; press to join. Lift pastry into pan; press over base and sides, trim excess pastry. Prick base all over with a fork; place flan tin on an oven tray. Line pastry case with baking paper; fill with dried beans or rice. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove paper and beans; bake a further 15 minutes or until pastry is browned and crisp.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat a grill plate (or grill or barbecue) to medium-high heat. Brush asparagus with oil; cook, turning, for 7 minutes or until tender.
  • 4
    Reduce oven to 200°C. Whisk eggs and cream in a large bowl; season well. Pour egg mixture into pastry case; top with asparagus and goat's cheese.
  • 5
    Bake tart for 20 minutes or until set and golden.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, make asparagus salad: Using a vegetable peeler, peel asparagus into thin ribbons. Place asparagus, basil and rind in a medium bowl. Place oil, juice and garlic in a screw-top jar; shake well. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to combine.
  • 7
    Just before serving, top tart with half the asparagus salad; serve with remaining salad.

Notes

Use a zesting tool to create the long thin strips of rind. If you don't have one, remove wide strips of rind with a vegetable peeler, then cut into thin strips with a sharp knife.

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