Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Roasted Asparagus, Parmesan and Rosemary Tart

   Even though the weather doesn't feel so much like it right now, I know Spring is here. If for no other reason than this....Asparagus! I love having my own asparagus patch and always look forward to the first harvest of the season. It seems to be doing really well so far this year and I had a bunch in the fridge to use. 
   I almost always take Hubs lunch to the shop if he is working there and today I thought I'd make something for him using the asparagus. A tart was what I had in mind and after combining a few recipes this was the end result.

Roasted Asparagus, Parmesan and Rosemary Tart
yield: 1 -9.5 inch tart pan 

1 1/2 cups pie & pastry flour
1/4 tsp salt
9 tbsp cold unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp ice water
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine flour and salt. Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour. Beat until mixture resembles course crumbs. Mix together egg yolk and water. Add and mix until combined.
Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper. Turn dough out onto paper and roll until it fits the tart pan. Carefully pick up and place dough into the tart pan. Press it down and then slowly remove parchment paper. Prick with a fork, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or over night.
To prepare, remove from fridge, remove plastic wrap and bake @ 350° for 10 minutes.
4 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp chopped green onion
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
8 stalks of fresh asparagus
Arrange asparagus stalks on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Meanwhile in a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper & paprika. Whisk well; add onion, rosemary and cheese. Stir to combine. Pour into the baked tart shell. Top with asparagus stalks and bake for 15-20 minutes or until set. 

    As it turned out hubs had to go on a service call over lunch, so I didn't take it to him until later on. G-bug and I shared a slice right away though and it was delicious. 
   I stuck it in the warming drawer then to keep it hot until we took it to the shop. The little monkey found it while I was in another room. Fortunately I caught him before he was able to help himself. =)

The grass withers and the
flowers fall, but the word of our
God stands forever.  
~Isaiah 40:8


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