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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

  • Author: Melissa Clark



1 cup Soft Goat Cheese, at room temperature (4 ounces)

1 Large Egg, lightly beaten, at room temperature

1 Large Garlic Clove, finely grated or minced

1 1/2 tbsp. Chopped Fresh Tarragon Leaves, plus more for serving

1/2 tbsp. Lemon Zest

1/2 tsp. Fine Sea Salt, plus more for sprinkling

Pinch of Nutmeg

1 cup Crème Fraîche, at room temperature (8 ounces)

All-purpose flour, for dusting the work surface

1 sheet All-Butter Puff Pastry, thawed if frozen (about 9 to 14 ounces; brands vary)

8 oz. Thin Asparagus, woody ends trimmed

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbsp. Grated Parmesan

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

1 1/2 oz. Parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler (about 1/2 cup)


Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, use a fork or a wooden spoon to mash together the goat cheese, egg, garlic, tarragon, lemon zest, salt, and nutmeg until smooth. Switch to a whisk and beat in the crème fraîche until smooth.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry to about ⅛-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score a ½-inch border around the edges of the puff pastry.

Spread the crème fraîche mixture evenly inside the scored border. Line up the asparagus spears on top, and brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle some salt and the grated Parmesan over the asparagus.

Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let it cool on the cookie sheet for at least 15 minutes or up to 4 hours before serving. Then sprinkle black pepper, red pepper flakes (if using), the shaved Parmesan, and tarragon leaves. Drizzle a little oil on top.