Thursday, May 20, 2010

Leek and Asparagus Tart

I saw a recipe in the BBC Good Food newsletter for a Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Leek and Almond Tart and wanted to try it. I didn’t have any broccoli, so I substituted asparagus, and it was so good I made it again the following week. The leeks and asparagus made such a great flavor combination that broccoli is out the window now. As you can see in the pic, the pastry got a tad overdone, but it was still yumptious. You can find the original BBC recipe here:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/335627/purple-sprouting-broccoli-leek-and-almond-tart

I served this tart with Mediterranean potatoes, which you can find here:
http://range-warfare.blogspot.com/2009/05/mediterranean-potatoes.html
and the remaining asparagus, which I roasted and served with a drizzle of lemon juice and a dash of Parmesan.

Leek and Asparagus Tart



Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 leeks (white and pale green parts only) thinly sliced
1 sheet puff pastry
10-12 asparagus spears, trimmed
2 eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Parmesan, shredded
1 ounce sliced almonds

Directions:
  • Pre-heat oven to 425F
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium heat, add leeks and a generous dash of black pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes. Set aside while you prepare pastry.
  • Cover a baking tray with baking parchment and grease with a little butter.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a rectangle. Place pastry on baking tray, and score a line about ½ an inch from the edge around the pastry sheet. Don’t cut right through the pastry.
  • Spread the leeks out evenly within the scored rectangle, and bake for 10 minutes until the edges have puffed up.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 400F
  • Arrange the asparagus spears on top of the leeks, and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • In a small bowl, beat together eggs and cream and pour over the veggies.
  • Sprinkle with the sliced almonds and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

8 comments:

Sophie said...

What a georgous leek & asparagus tarte, dear Jan!

I also love the potatoes dish of yours!!

Looks very appetizing!!!

Many greets from sunny & hot Brussels!

Jason said...

Yum!!! I would always choose asparagus over anything else! Looks beautiful Jan :)

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Pam said...

This looks beautiful and delicious Jan! Wow!!!

Cheryl said...

You are blogging again, I had all but given up on ya! Glad to see you in these parts again!

Kevin said...

That asparagus tart looks good. I like the use of the leeks in this one.

Barb said...

This looks great. I love trying new dishes with asparagus. My friends think I'm a bit strange but I love that vegetable!