Thursday, March 31, 2011

Asparagus Tart

Never go to the food store hungry. We know it's tempting, especially when you're hungry and there's not much in the pantry and you've got to cook dinner. Don't do it! Or you'll be like Eric last night, who went to the food store for hamburger meat, buns, cheese and a red onion (we had burgers) and returned with all that, plus a bag of chips and a can of frosting and some beer. 3 hours later we both had stomach aches, half the chips were gone and there was a slightly depleted frosting can. See what happens when you go to the store hungry? We suggest eating a cookie first, to take the edge off. Or have some Asparagus Tart. Whats asparagus tart you ask? It's pretty awesome is what it is. A flaky pastry topped with cheese and caramelized onions and pancetta and asparagus. Yum. This is a perfect party snack or first course (or you can be like us and eat it as a main course)! The asparagus actually makes this a pretty refreshing dish, perfect for when the weather goes from 50* and dumping down rain on the weekend to 80* and sunny by Thursday without prior notice, which is exactly what happened here. Last week, we were buried under enough rain to pull the whole state out of a drought and now it's like summer, complete with Eric's glow in the dark legs seen peeking out from a pair of shorts. Don't look, you might go blind!



Koda was just looking...



Asparagus Tart
What you will need


1 package phyllo dough
1 bunch asparagus
1 red onion sliced thin
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup gouda cheese (grated)
1 package pancetta
Handful of sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 350*

In a medium skillet caramelize the onions in 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs oil add 1 tsp sugar to help the process.  Set aside

Butter a large jellyroll pan and lay out the phyllo dough. Brush entire surface with melted butter and top with cheese, pancetta and caramelized onions. Lay asparagus in a pattern and sprinkle sesame seeds then bake until the dough is crunchy and the asparagus is cooked tender. About 25 minutes. Slice and serve warm.  









 

16 comments:

  1. I feel ever so much better knowing that Trapper and I aren't the only ones who do this...but...you didn't get an French onion dip? Really?
    As for the legs....thanks for the warning ;)

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  2. I have to try this Asparagus tart, it looks mouthwatering, wow! =]

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  3. Beautiful! I will have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing, neighbors. I can't resist asparagus.

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  4. Clearly we're on the same page (look at my most recent post ;))! We enjoyed ours too... will make again!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  5. Gouda on pizza?? Yes ma'am!

    (Thanks for the sweet comment on my site this week:) )

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  6. a yummy and tasty recipe
    love it
    Delphine

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  7. I'm such a sucker for tarts...and for asparagus. This looks delicious! Great photos, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Fabulous recipe and perfect step-by-step photographs! I love everything about this post!

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  9. This looks delicious... I love all of the different flavor combinations that are in this!

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  10. Holy cow I love your blog. It's beautiful, fun, interesting, colorful and happy!

    Laura

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  11. The tart sounds great, we eat a lot of asparagus, must try! My weakness at the grocery store is cheese. I have to force myself not to buy any more, I WILL eat it till it's gone!

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  12. I have definitely had cases of hungry grocery store shopping followed by insane stomach aches! This asparagus tart looks delicious! I love a little bit of red onion for sweetness and fresh springtime asparagus is unbeatable! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  13. What a lovely and delicious tart! LOL about the legs...mine are the same!

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  14. Even though this is such a healthy dish, it looks super yummy too!

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