Monday, May 13, 2013

Pleasures of Spring: Leek, Ricotta & Asparagus Tart


It's asparagus week, so buckle your seat belts.

What kind of food blogger would I be if I didn't make a spring tart with my homegrown asparagus and some spring leeks?

We had our first al fresco neighbor dinner and this tart was a part of it.

You will only see 2 asparagus spears here, because that's all I harvested that day, so feel free to add more if you can spare them.

Very simple to make.

Here's how:


Leek, Ricotta & Asparagus Tart: (makes 2 tarts)

Roll 1 sheet of defrosted puff pastry, and cut it into 2 rectangles.

Line a baking sheet w/ parchment paper and lay the pastry out.

1 cup of ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
salt & pepper
1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves
4 leeks, white parts only, sliced
1 tbsp butter
olive oil
a few asparagus spears to decorate the top
2 slices of prosciutto, or speck (optional)

Mix the ricotta w/ the egg, cheese, salt & pepper and thyme.


Spread this mixture out onto your pastry rectangles, leaving a border to fold over.

Saute the leeks in olive oil w/ a tbsp of butter on low for 20 minutes, until they get nice and soft. Season w/ salt & pepper.
Spread the leek mixture on top of the ricotta cheese.

Tear up some prosciutto or speck and dot the leeks with the pieces.


Lay 1 or 2 asparagus spears on top of the leeks and prosciutto and fold up the edges of the pastry.
Brush with a beaten egg or some water to seal the edges shut.

Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.


Slice and serve!

Happy spring.

:)

6 comments:

AdriBarr said...

What a beautiful tart!

myfrenchkitchen said...

Mmm, leek asparagus and ricotta..it can't get better than that. I love its rustic look..it will fit right into my life..!
Happy alfresco!
Ronelle

Anonymous said...

wow - this looks fantastic! Can't wait to try it. And your photos look gorgeous as well!

Anonymous said...

How do I get an invite to one of these al fresco dinners? I live in Short Hills!

Christine said...

Yum! This is going on my "to make" list for sure! So simple. Now I just have to figure out how to cook it on the grill since it's been in the 100+ range for the last 2 days.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Looks Beautiful!! And seems easy to put together. I love bacon and asparagus....