Springtime Asparagus & Cheese Tart


This Easter we tried a new twist on our asparagus side dish and we loved it! We adapted this recipe from Food Network Kitchen making just a few tweaks. The whole family really enjoyed this new dish and requested we make it often. Whether you make it for a side dish,  appetizer, or for brunch it will  definitely be a hit! Enjoy 😋

Springtime Asparagus & Cheese Tart

A bed of puff pastry, fontina & gruyere cheese, and asparagus makes this a refreshing change to plain old veggies.
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Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 340kcal


  • 1 large bowl for ice bath
  • 1 11" x 15" rimmed baking sheet inside measurement
  • parchment paper
  • 1 large skillet


  • 1 bunch asparagus , trimmed approximately 1-1.5" only.
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry , thawed
  • all-purpose flour , for dusting
  • 1 cup fontina cheese , grated
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese , grated
  • 2 Tablespoon minced shallot , may substitue with minced onion
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
  • In a large skillet bring 1" of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-5 minutes until bright green, crisp tender depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Drain and transfer to the ice bath to stop cooking; drain & pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • On a lightly floured clean surface, roll out thawed puff pastry into an 11" x 15" rectangle (to fit your pan). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper then transfer the rolled-out pastry into the pan. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake until light golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  • While cooling the puff pastry, mix the fontina, gruyere, shallot or onion, egg yolks, milk, nutmeg, salt & pepper in a bowl until combined.
  • Once puff pastry is cooled, spread the cheese mixture evenly over the puffed pastry, leaving a 1" border on all sides.
  • Toss the asparagus with EVOO, 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste. Arrange asparagus onto the tart and bake until the cheese mixture is slightly puffy, 15-20 minutes. Garnish with lemon zest.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


Serving: 1piece | Sodium: 332mg | Calcium: 288mg | Vitamin C: 4mg | Vitamin A: 803IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 178mg | Cholesterol: 84mg | Calories: 340kcal | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 14g | Carbohydrates: 17g | Iron: 2mg
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