Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in a puff pastry tart. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer. Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in tasty puff pastry. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer.

Is there any food that says spring more than asparagus? After a barren winter, the welcome green shoots remind you that summer is coming—hooray! 

Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in tasty puff pastry. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer.

Hello spring!

In celebration, I like to eat asparagus in as many forms as possible. Delicious prepared simply, it shines with just a little extra attention.  Perhaps wrapped in prosciutto or turned into an Asparagus Gruyere Tart.

Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in tasty puff pastry. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer.

Appetizer or light supper?

When I decided on this as my next asparagus dish, I debated how to make the higher sides. In my earlier Cheese Danish, I score a shallow line ½ inch or so in from the outside then perforate the center.  But now I tried a new technique that I loved.

A new puff pastry side technique

Prick the center to help it stay flatter

This time, I actually rolled out the crust slightly larger, then cut off thin strips to make the sides. I brushed the edges with beaten egg to adhere the side strips and poked the center with a fork as usual. Although I used a removable bottom tart pan, I’m pretty sure this would work right on a cookie sheet lined with parchment (which is how I do my Danish).

Top with thyme leaves

Brush edges with beaten egg

I made this tart twice—once with and once without prosciutto–and decided the latter won. The thyme was really the dominant accent so without a clear advantage to the prosciutto, I figure simpler is better.  Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in tasty puff pastry. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer.

I envisioned this dish as an appetizer. But in the end, we added a salad for a simple but seriously fun light dinner! 

Asparagus Gruyere Tart
Yields 6
Asparagus Gruyere Tart combines nutty gruyere cheese, savory thyme and fresh asparagus in tasty puff pastry. Perfect for a light dinner or appetizer.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
309 calories
19 g
51 g
22 g
10 g
7 g
103 g
193 g
1 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
103g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309
Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
34%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 51mg
17%
Sodium 193mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
20%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounce puff pastry (one of two in the package)
  2. 1 egg beaten
  3. 4-5 large sprigs fresh thyme
  4. 1 cup grated gruyere, more if feeling indulgent
  5. ½ pound asparagus
  6. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  7. Salt pepper
Instructions
  1. On a floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to about 11 x 9. Cut down to 11 x 7, then cut the smaller piece into four 1/2 inch strips for the sides (there will be a little extra). Brush the outside half inch of the rectangle with beaten egg then lay pastry strips on top. Prick the inside of the pastry crust with a fork (see pictures above).
  2. Sprinkle the inside of the crust with thyme leaves, avoiding the raised edges. Follow with grated gruyere.
  3. Remove tough ends from asparagus then cut asparagus to size. Arrange on top of the gruyere. Drizzle with olive oil, then add salt and pepper. Brush the edges of the pastry with more beaten egg.
  4. Bake at 400 F until crust is golden, about 20-25 minutes.
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calories
309
fat
22g
protein
10g
carbs
19g
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15 thoughts on “Asparagus Gruyere Tart

  1. Balvinder

    This is so stunning! I love asparagus and would you believe I have never had gruyere? Just googled and found that this Swiss cheese is gluten free. Hooray!
    Gotta try!

  2. David Scott Allen

    Inger, this reminds me fondly of our lunch together, and our discussion of puff pastry! I love this recipe, and look forward to making it soon. Fresh asparagus is long gone from our market, but is easily found in the health food store.

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