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Asparagus and cheese tart, version 2

Yesterday was our birthday celebration for my Gramma.  Meg and I offered to bring along some apps, and one was the asparagus and cheese tart that I posted a while back.  While gathering the ingredients at the grocery store I made one small change, but it made a big difference in the end product.  I decided to use smoked gruyere cheese in place of plain gruyere.  I love smoked mozzarella, and the smoked gruyere was just as impressive.  It adds such a great flavor and really kicked this recipe up.  Since so many people asked for the recipe, I have reposted the original, with the change in gruyere.  Enjoy!!

You can find the recipe online here (, my usual personal touches are included in the recipe below.


  • 15 asparagus spears
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • flour, for dusting
  • 3 ounces of grated Fontina cheese
  • 3 ounces of grated smoked gruyere cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil

In a saucepan, heat some water to a low boil.  Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes, so it softens but remains bright green.  Place the asparagus on the cutting board to chill.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roll out the puff pastry.  Prick with a fork and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400F for about 12 minutes, until the pastry is slightly puffed and browned.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the cheeses, shallot, egg yolks, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Spread the cheese mixture over the puff pastry.  Place the asparagus on the top of the tart and bake for another 15-20 minutes.  Sprinkle with salt.


One comment on “Asparagus and cheese tart, version 2

  1. Fran Freiman
    July 1, 2013

    Thanks for reposting!

    Fran Levy-Freiman


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