Nici Wickes: Cheesy Asparagus Tart

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 9 Nov 2019, 10:52AM
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Nici Wickes: Cheesy Asparagus Tart

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 9 Nov 2019, 10:52AM

Cheesy Asparagus Tart 

There’s a push this week from the lovely folk at 5+a day and with all the wonderful new season vegetables coming in, it’s easy to do! Asparagus is a fantastic vegetable for good health - it helps to cleanse the liver and even stave off kidney and gall bladder stones I’m told. This tart is a great way to enjoy it.

Makes 23 cm tart

1 sheet puff pastry

100mls cream

Decent pinch of black pepper

100g parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 bunch asparagus

  1. Heat oven to 200 C and place a tray in to heat.
  2. Line a shallow 23cm tart tin with pastry, pressing into edges. Chill.
  3. Snap tough ends off asparagus and discard. Pour boiling water over asparagus spears and leave for 5 minutes to ‘cook’. Drain well and chop into lengths.
  4. Heat cream with pepper until nearly boiling. Add ¾ of the cheese and stir until melted. Cool.
  5. Spoon cooled cheese sauce into chilled pastry shell. Top with chopped asparagus and remaining cheese. Place on heated tray and bake until golden - about 40 minutes.
  6. Rest for 15 minutes and eat warm or cold.

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