This easy asparagus puff pastry tart features a flaky, buttery crust topped with creamy and delicious goat cheese, fresh asparagus and hints of lemon. If a mascot ever existed for a spring appetizer dish, this asparagus tart would be it!
If you're looking to impress a crowd for Mother's Day, Easter brunch or a baby or bridal shower, this puff pastry asparagus tart would be the appetizer you want to serve. This perfect appetizer looks sophisticated yet is easy and quick to make. It is a light and flavorful dish that is sure to impress a crowd. Celebrate spring with this easy puff pastry asparagus tart! Make it for your next dinner party or serve it as a main dish.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
Delicious Flavor: This asparagus tart recipe has a light and tasty flavor, thanks to the buttery, flaky puff pastry crust, cheesy filling, hints of lemon and savory asparagus. The ingredients create a delicious contrast of textures and flavors.
Easy to Make: With minimal effort and made in about 30 minutes, this cheesy asparagus tart will satisfy your guests with its taste and presentation.
Versatile: Asparagus tarts can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, or a light meal. Adding different ingredients or seasonings, you can customize the tart to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. See recipe variations below for ideas.
Impressive Presentation: Asparagus tarts look beautiful and complicated, but the secret is that they are effortless to make! Who doesn't want to impress their guests with a tasty dish that requires so little effort and time?!
- puff pastry
- fresh asparagus
- olive oil
- goat cheese
- Gruyere cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh herbs: chives, thyme, parsley
- 1 lemon
- Salt and black pepper
See the recipe card below for quantities.
How to Make
From start to finish, this impressive tart can be prepped and baked relatively quickly. Start by thawing the puff pastry dough according to package instructions. Once thawed, roll the puff pastry sheet into a large rectangle on a lightly floured work surface. Prepare the puff pastry by pricking the dough and brushing with an egg wash.
Wash, trim and dry the asparagus. Next, coat it with olive oil and set aside.
Prepare the cheese filling by adding egg, cheeses, fresh herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice into a mixing bowl and beating well. Spread this mixture over the prepared puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. Next, arrange asparagus over the cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Please see below for the exact recipe instructions.
Make it a meal: You can quickly turn this tasty asparagus tart into a main course by adding protein like prosciutto, shaved salmon, bacon bits or shredded chicken.
Change up your cheeses: Adding a variety of cheeses, such as mozzarella or extra sharp cheddar will add flavor and richness to the tart.
Bring on the veggies: add vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes (or sun-dried tomatoes), mushrooms, or bell peppers to pack a little more nutritious punch to this easy asparagus puff pastry tart.
Spice it up: change the herbs and spices to what you have on hand to enhance the flavor of this asparagus tart and give it a more complex taste. Add some heat with chili pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
Make it a savory tart: add bacon bits, roasted garlic or garlic powder, cream cheese or cheddar cheese.
Change the base: instead of using a puff pastry sheet, use a pie crust.
How to Store and Reheat Asparagus Tart
This easy asparagus tart is best eaten fresh within minutes of being baked. However, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Reheat the asparagus tart in a 300°F preheated oven for 10 minutes or in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
Sometimes asparagus gets a bad rap for being stringy or super chewy. That's because as the asparagus plant matures, the base of the spear gets woody and thick. Trimming the ends is essential so your asparagus dish is tender and chewy.
There are two methods to trim asparagus. One way is to snap the asparagus at its natural breaking point. Bend the spear with your hands on each end, and it will naturally break at its woody end, leaving you with a tender spear. Basically, bend and snap!
The next method is to use a sharp knife and trim off the woody end. You would make a cut where the color changes from a vibrant green to a more white color at the bottom of the spear.
As a general rule of thumb, a puff pastry is best baked at a high temperature (around 400°F) for a short time, usually 15-20 minutes. This high temperature helps the pastry to puff up and become light and flaky.
It's always a good idea to keep an eye on your tart while it's baking, adjusting the time as needed to ensure it is baked to perfection.
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Easy Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart
This easy asparagus puff pastry tart features a flaky, buttery pastry crust topped with creamy and delicious goat cheese, fresh asparagus, and hints of lemon. If there ever were a mascot for a spring appetizer dish, this asparagus tart would be it!
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed to package instructions
- 2 large eggs at room temperature, divided
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 lemon (both zest and juice)
- 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded, divided
- 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper (to taste)
- Thaw puff pastry according to package instructions.
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Wash, trim and dry asparagus. Lightly brush with olive oil to coat. Set aside.
- Roll out the puff pastry into an 11" x14" rectangle on a clean, lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Prick the puff pastry all over with a fork. Do not poke all the way through the puff pastry.
- Prepare egg wash by beating one egg and one tablespoon of milk in a small bowl with a fork until well combined.
- Brush the egg wash evenly on the surface of the puff pastry using a pastry brush, making sure to get the edges of the pastry. Set prepared puff pastry aside.
- In a small bowl, zest the lemon and then juice it. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add the remaining egg, goat cheese, gruyere cheese, ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, chives, thyme and parsley. Next, add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Now, spread the cheese mixture over the prepared puff pastry, leaving a 1" border on all sides. Arrange asparagus spears in a single layer over the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lastly, sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese on top of the asparagus.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the tart is golden brown and flaky. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!
This dish is best served warm.
Keywords: Asparagus, Puff Pastry, Appetizer