It may look like I'm constantly traveling, but the truth is I have tons of down time at home, living normal life. So during those in-between moments, I keep the spirit of travel and adventure alive through my kitchen. I have a particular obsession with all things French, so when I'm craving travel, I make French food. This savory asparagus tart is a classic french appetizer, and a perfect snack....despite how pretty it looks, it's really easy to make. And when you smell the gruyere cheese bubbling away in your oven, it will make you feel just like you're sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Paris!
(All videos filmed, written, narrated, and edited by yours truly)
Martha Stewart's recipe!
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (found in dessert section of frozen foods)
2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. (Puff pastry should be left out to thaw slightly, enough to handle, but not enough to become sticky). Trim uneven edges. Place pastry on a baking sheet. Lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle, using a butter knife. With a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove pastry shell from oven, and sprinkle with Gruyere. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over Gruyere, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
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