Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oh Baby! Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart



My food blogging pal Shelley, of the lovely Franish Nonspeaker, is expecting the arrival of dear sweet baby Ruby very soon, and a few of her friends decided to throw her a virtual baby shower.  Neat, huh?  Shelley was one of the first food bloggers I connected with almost right off the bat, in early 2011, when I was just a blogging newbie.  I don't think she's missed commenting on a single one of my posts, and that's a lot of posts!  So with our back and forth banter we've sort of gotten to know each other and I have no doubt that if I was in sweltering Austin today, this tart would come with me to her house, where we'd drink lemonade and talk about boys and babies and True Blood.  I'm hoping one day I'll have the honour of meeting Miss Ruby in real life.




I know many of the participants in the shower are doing freezer - friendly dishes for Shelley to easily whip up and then defrost as needed.  I'm not so practical like that, but this tart is super easy and honestly just took 10 minutes to prep and 20 to bake.  Plus there is bacon on it and I know how much new moms love bacon, and cheese and puff pastry.  This tart is simple enough to whip up as a quick appetizer, so if you are hosting a baby or wedding shower this summer, I've got you covered.  Here we go!




Asparagus.  The local stuff is waning and that makes me sad, so enjoy it while you can!  I tossed it in a bit of olive oil, fresh lemon zest and coarse salt and pepper.  So lovely in the light, no? 

  


Lay out a sheet of puff pastry (you can get boxes of it already rolled thin - greatest invention ever!)  Cover it with Boursin and asiago cheese, chopped bacon and of course the asparagus.  Bake until golden and it's a thing of beauty. Scatter it with fresh mint leaves and when you get a bite of asparagus tart with a snippet of fresh mint, it's a flavour sensation, folks.  Fresh and delicious and heaped high with bacon and cheesy goodness, this tart will surely to put smiles on those gathered around you this summer.  Speaking of smiles, I can only imagine the joy Shelley will feel when she sees the face of baby Ruby for the first time.  All the best to you, my friend. 




Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart

This recipe makes enough for two tarts. 

1 large bunch of medium-sized asparagus, with rough ends snapped off.
1 tbsp olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
coarse salt and pepper
2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
1 pkg of Boursin cheese (Herb and Garlic)
1 cup grated asiago or gouda cheese
10 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped
1 egg, beaten with a little water
2 tbsp torn mint leaves

Preheat oven to 400*F

Toss together in a bowl asparagus, olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
Unroll sheets of puff pastry (or roll out to roughly 10 x 15 inches).  Use a paring knife to score a line around the perimeter of the pastry, about 1 inch from the edge.  Place on parchment lined bake sheets (you'll need two sheets).  With a fork, poke holes all over pastry within the border, so that this part remains flat during baking, while the border will puff up.  Crumble half package of Boursin on each piece of puff pastry.  Scatter each with asiago and bacon.  Top with marinated asparagus (I lined it up in pretty rows).  Use a pastry brush and spread the egg wash along the border.  Place in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden.  Serve warm or room temp.  Makes 16 wedges.  Recipe adapted from House and Home, April 2012. 




Here are the rest of the participants in the virtual baby shower - do take a peek to see what they came up with.  Shelley made the most gorgeous cake for her own real-life baby shower.  What a lady! 


Anna from Keep It Luce   

Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama

Christina from Girl Gone Grits

Elaine from   California Living  

Esra from Irmik Hanim

Ilke from Ilke’s Kitchen

Jennie from Pastry Chef Online

Jennifer from Scissors and Spatulas  

Lana from Bibberche

Lisa from Lisa Is Cooking

Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean

Robin from A Chow Life

Sarah from Snippets of Thyme

 

14 comments:

  1. Asparagus, bacon, and cheese on a crispy tart = LOVE! That looks like a winner in my home.

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  2. Renee you have saved me once again!! Lately I have found zero inspiration in the kitchen for dinner (hard to beleive with all the yummy fresh veggies around)but tonight, I beleive we shall dine on this delicious looking tart!! The best part is, my 2 1/2 year old monster child loves to snap the asparagus for me so he can help!!!

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  3. Looks lovely Renee. Your photos are making me hungry!

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  4. Renee, So nice to meet you and your pics are gorgeous! What a lovely tart. Thanks for being part of this shower.

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  5. Oh, that looks just like springtime! So great to meet you through Shelley's shower:)

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  6. This looks so delicious and easy! I pinned it for later to remind myself that tarts just look fancy, doesn't mean that they are time consuming

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  7. Renee- thank you so much for your sweet words. I would love it if you could meet Ruby one day. Perhaps one of those cold winter days Austin might sound like the perfect getaway! And as usual, you've outdone yourself. The tart is gorgeous and sounds amazing!

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  8. So happy to have found your blog through Shelley's shower! Your photos are gorgeous I'm loving everything I've see so far!

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  9. What a beautiful tart! Bacon and asparagus? I must make this.

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  10. What beautiful, vibrant photos! So we can have a handsome looking tart in just 30 min?? I am in!
    I have not met Shelley in person but it seems like she has the same sweet persona virtually and in real life. I am hoping to get to meet her in person one day as well. Thanks for joining in the fun :)

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  11. On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday - and I love this post so I'm featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I always love dropping by to see what you've created...

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  12. OK, Mad Men and True Blood - check! You are always welcome to join me in front of a TV set (or my laptop:)
    I always have a package of puff pastry in my freezer - very practical on busy school mornings (pain au chocolat is a regular for my girls:)
    I don't need to be expecting to love this dish!
    So happy to have found your blog!

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  13. Oh man, this looks so good!

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  14. I think you might've just made me whimper. Totally going on my list - premade puff pastry: best invention ever.

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