Spring Asparagus Tart

Serves: 6

This seasonal recipe makes for a beautiful presentation. Cover store-bought puff pastry with a mascarpone mixture before topping with asparagus spears.

Dovetailing Tip: Prepare an extra 2 pounds of asparagus by washing and trimming off the woody ends to roast on day 3.

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1 tablespoon all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (a 9 1/2- by 9-inch sheet from a 17.3-ounce package)
1 cup mascarpone
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten
1 lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 pound pencil asparagus, woody bottoms trimmed off
1 tablespoon olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
lightly dressed greens, for serving


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the puff pastry to a 9- by 12-inch even rectangle. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Combine the mascarpone, 1 1/4 teaspoons of the salt, the flour, egg and lemon zest, and then fold in the chives and tarragon. Spread over the puff pastry, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Make small cuts around the border about 1 inch apart with the tip of a paring knife.

Toss the asparagus with the olive oil in a bowl. Lay half of the asparagus in a neat row across the surface of the tart so the tips meet the edge. Do the same in the opposite direction with the remaining asparagus. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Bake until the border of the tart is deep golden and puffed and the top is lightly spotted golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes and serve.

Serve with lightly dressed greens.

Source: foodnetwork.com

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