Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Its early Spring 2021.  I am in the veggie garden of my new home, a blue and white Victorian that has been my dream home since childhood.  Tom and I saved up for years to buy it, but the reality of it hasn’t sunk in yet.  That this home is ours.  I thought it would sink in when the Realtor handed us our keys, but it didn’t happen that way.  I still had this unsettled feeling.  That, like all our other homes, this one was temporary.  I thought it might happen when we moved in our furniture, maybe when we unpacked the last box or finished painting the kitchen.  But no, I didn’t realize it was mine until I planted my very first asparagus plant.

You see, unlike most veggies, asparagus is a perennial that takes a couple of years of growing before you get any sort of decent harvest.  It’s a vegetable that I never bothered to plant in my garden before because I knew we would not be staying in any of our rentals for that long.  I had been waiting 10 years to plant this asparagus and now that it’s in the ground I finally feel at home.  I stand up brushing the dirt from my knees and survey the yard.  Apple and citrus trees line the fence with the occasional cherry, avocado and nectarine squeezed in.  Beyond the backyard our horses graze in a small pasture near the forest’s treeline.  I can hear the far off bleep of Toms tractor as he backs up over the brush by the barn, clearing a space for our new chicken coop…

Beep, Beep, Beep! I peel open an eyelid.  Where am I?  Beep, Beep, Beep! I sit up wiping the sleep from my eyes.  The oven is screaming at me to take the Asparagus and Gruyère Tart out before it burns.  I realize that I must have fallen asleep on the couch while I was waiting for it to cook.  Last weeks flu took a lot out of everyone and we are still recovering.  I hurry into the kitchen wondering how many times it had beeped and discover the tart is perfect.  Crispy flaky crust, cheesy center and spears of tender asparagus lined up on top like little green soldiers.  So simple, yet so satisfying on so many levels.  I cut a slice for lunch and head out to my tiny city backyard to plan this Spring’s vegetable garden.  I may not be planting asparagus yet, but there is plenty more to grow until then.

Asparagus and Gruyere TartAsparagus and Gruyere Tart

Asparagus and Gruyère Tart

(Recipe from Martha Stewart.com)

  • 1 sheet defrosted Puff Pastry
  • 2 cups (abt 5 1/2 oz) shredded Gruyère cheese (Fontina works too)
  • 1 1/2 lbs medium to thick asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • flour, for work surface
  • parchment paper

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a floured parchment paper, roll out the puff pastry to about 16×10 inches.  Trim any uneven edges and move the whole thing, parchment and all to a cookie sheet.  With a sharp knife lightly score the dough about an inch from the edge all the way around (don’t cut through it, just leave an impression of a line).  Use a fork and pierce the dough inside the marking at 1/2 inch intervals.  Bake 15 minutes or until golden.  Remove from oven.  Its going to be a little puffy but don’t worry it will deflate itself over the next couple minutes.

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

2.  Cut about 1 1/2 inches off the bottoms of the asparagus spears making sure they will fit inside the tart shell.  Sprinkle the cooked pastry with cheese and arrange the asparagus in a single layer on top.  Brush with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese is completely melted, the asparagus is tender when pierced and the pastry is a rich golden brown.  Remove and serve immediately.

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

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About Melissa

I live in beautiful Sonoma County, California with my adorable 9 year old daughter, my 18 month old son, my devoted husband, 3 falcons, a hawk, a rabbit named Rosella, a flock of pigeons, and a dog named Chaser. I am an avid knitter, our family chef and a passionate photographer.
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25 Responses to Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

  1. big B says:

    Beautifully written post and such gorgeous pictures!

  2. I fell in love with this the minute I found the photo on Foodgawker. Glad you woke up before it scorched itself to hell. Bookmarked!

  3. Jun says:

    Mmmmm, definitely appetizing!

  4. Kiki says:

    Your pictures are all gorgeous, but the top one really makes me wish that tart had just come out of my own oven!

  5. Kankana says:

    looks so delicious and easy to make. This can be a perfect appetizer for party !

  6. Melissa says:

    Thanks for all the kind comments! I am so happy you are enjoying my stories and recipes!

  7. Tanya says:

    I think I want to live at your house…
    ;-)

  8. fabulousfoodie says:

    I love that you kept the asparagus whole … Creative idea and beautiful to boot! Cheers – gradtogourmet.com

  9. Kim says:

    Simply delicious! I alternated my asparagus so each square had asparagus tips.

  10. Vanille says:

    Asparagus is one of the delight of Spring, but having your freshly home grown must make it even more special.
    The tart look delicious !

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  14. Jim says:

    Nice Recipe,

    I just read about growing your own aparagus so now I know what to make with it :)

    http://www.wascene.com/home-garden/grow-your-own-asparagus/

    Thanks,
    Jimmy

  15. chuckcotton says:

    looks good

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  17. This looks like a little asparagus pizza! lol Actually it was really good and I made it just last weekend. Even my hubby decided to give it is try, which shocked me because it is not a veggie eater, but guess what? He really liked! I thought I was hearing things when he said, “Not bad, babe” I guess anyone can be coerced into eating veggies if prepared right!! :)

  18. This is stunning–what a great party dish it would be. We adore asparagus and will have to try it this spring.

  19. framethem says:

    i love all the aerial shots you have they are really affective an quite stunning

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  23. tworedbowls says:

    omg this is GORGEOUS. So beautiful and I can almost smell it just looking at it. Love this and so glad I found your blog just now!

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