Asparagus-Gruyere Tart

11 April 2012

Asparagus-Gruyere Tart

A heartfelt thank you for the beautiful sentiments and loving support on my Facebook pages, the Corgi Tales site, and personal emails received from friends and guests of these journals on our loss.

XOXO.

Cristina

Asparagus-Gruyere Tart

This is a filling savory tart so I would recommend it as a side. It would be a nice serve with a crisp white wine as an appetizer too. The phyllo pastry surrounding the Gruyere-custard and asparagus lends both a complimentary crisp texture, as well as adding to its aesthetics. Leftovers warm up well in the microwave!

The tart pan I used was rather long, so I arranged the spears to line up from both ends. It wouldn’t have hurt to try to fit more asparagus in between.

I always underestimate the time required to layer phyllo sheets, brushing it with butter in between each layer. It’s important to work quickly because the sheets will dry out. Plan your time accordingly for both the time it takes to layer and your comfortability in working with phyllo.

Mmmmm…it’s asparagus season!

Teenie Notes
  • Used 1, 14 x 5 tart pan with a removable bottom. You can improvise and use a more squarish pan. Try to use a size that will benefit the usage of the asparagus spears and the size of your phyllo sheets.
  • Conveniently, the phyllo sheets I used were from a 16-ounce package that was separated into two-8-ounce, individually wrapped portions. The sheets were perfectly sized for the sized pan I used so there was no need to cut it to fit the pan.
  • Although you may be tempted to use puff pastry (and what isn’t good with puff pastry?), I feel it really would be over kill on the flavors of the asparagus and Gruyere in its eggy-custard. The phyllo lends a good balance. Also, the puff pastry would make this an even “heavier” tart.
  • When baking, rotate the baking pan midway between baking times (both when uncovered and covered) for an even, golden baking result.
Asparagus-Gruyere Tart

Serves 4-6

Pan: 1, 14×5 tart pan with removable bottom
Ingredients

10-12 stalks asparagus, trimmed to even lengths

6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 pound (8 ounces) phyllo sheets, thawed

1 cup Gruyere, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In the meantime, prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add all the asparagus spears to the boiling water for 5-10 seconds to blanch them and then remove and submerge them in the ice water. Drain the asparagus from the ice water and pat dry. Set aside.

Brush a rectangle tart pan with melted butter and line it with a sheet of phyllo pastry. Brush top edges of the phyllo pastry with the melted butter, pressing the phyllo against the sides of the pan. Allow excess to hang over the edge of the pan as you continue layering by alternating the phyllo and then brushing butter along the sides and bottom of each sheet. Continue this until all the sheets have been used. With kitchen scissors, trim the excess so that it’s as flush to the edge of the pan as possible. Use any excess melted butter to brush along the top edges of the pastry to promote a golden color when baked.

Evenly distribute the Gruyere in the phyllo lined tart pan. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the eggs, cream and nutmeg. Pour the egg mixture over the Gruyere. Arrange the asparagus spears in a row on the tart. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place the tart pan on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake the tart uncovered for about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and cover the center of the tart with parchment paper, taking care not to cover the the pastry with the parchment. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the custard/egg is set. Remove from the oven and allow the tart to set a couple of minutes before serving.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped with plastic wrap.

by Cristina A-Moore

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Liezl June 10, 2013

I have looked through a looohoooot of food blogs, but yours is just lovely. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

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Cristina June 11, 2013

Hi Liezl and thank you so much for the sweet comment!! :o)

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Julia {The Roasted Root} April 20, 2012

Wowsers, look at this tart! Your crust looks so light, buttery and flaky and all the yummy cheese and asparagus…LOOKS GREAT! I’m loving the idea of savory tarts and have just recently thought about making them…I’ll bookmark your recipe for the next time I’m on the tart train! Have an awesome weekend and thanks for dropping by my site!!

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Tobias @ T and Tea Cake April 20, 2012

Hearing about your loss for the first time, I have to say I’m very sorry. :(
Losing a beloved pet and companion is something that can strike very deeply and I hope you find the support that you need and maybe some distraction.

Your tart looks delicious and I am really loving the rustic look. I find there is always something gracious about such simplicity. :)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 19, 2012

I’m just learning of your loss so sorry, my heart goes out to you Christina.

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wok with ray April 19, 2012

Welcome back, Cristina! Again, I am sorry and I hope that you find comfort with everybody that loves you and care about you. Hey we missed you, you know! :)

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Melissa@EyesBigger April 19, 2012

If this isn’t the perfect combo of flavours for a tart, I don’t know what is. I can practically taste it while reading the recipe. Oh man… yeah. YUM.

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Magic of Spice April 16, 2012

Sorry again for your loss. This tart is just stunning, love asparagus and of course cheese is always good :)

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Mindy April 15, 2012

Glad you’re back. Missed you.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes April 16, 2012

Hey thanks, Mindy!!!! :) xoxo

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Kay Drake April 14, 2012

yum

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Rachelle April 14, 2012

Yum, Making this for Sunday dinner, although I am going to try it with puff pastry. Because that is what I have in the freezer.

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missy April 14, 2012

This is really pretty! I love asparagus! Hooray for Spring!

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Sandra April 14, 2012

Congrats on Top 9!

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Nami | Just One Cookbook April 13, 2012

Hope you are feeling better and find comfort in doing something you love like baking and cooking. This tart looks beautiful and delicious! Great recipe for asparagus season, and asparagus and gruyere sounds really delish!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes April 16, 2012

You’re just one of the sweetest people….thanks, Nami. :)

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RKM April 13, 2012

This looks wonderful. Would love to have this for an apetizer with some white wine, yummm….

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Tess Gardner April 12, 2012

Oh I love asparagus!!! And this looks incredible =)) I think I’m going to have to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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Emily @ Life on Food April 12, 2012

This looks delicious. I love everything in it so I am sure the combination is beyond yummy!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite April 12, 2012

This looks incredible! And so elegant!

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Anita at Hungry Couple April 12, 2012

Yum. This looks like my kind of dish!

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Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew April 12, 2012

Gorgeous! Happy it’s asparagus season, and I bet this would be lovely with puff pastry too!

I’m sorry for your loss, hopefully you can find comfort in creating new and delicious things in the kitchen!

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Cassie April 12, 2012

This looks amazing. I love asparagus and gruyere. The pastry looks so good too!

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Sandra April 12, 2012

This is a beautiful tart and I love the little flakes dancing around it.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes April 16, 2012

That’s a cute way of looking at it…those flakes around it. :) Thanks, Sandra!

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thelittleloaf April 12, 2012

This is gorgeous in its sheer simplicity. Love it.

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Blog is the New Black April 12, 2012

Simple and delish!

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Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 12, 2012

This tart looks so good! I made one recently similar to this but didn’t use enough gruyere. Yours looks lovely.

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