This post has been sponsored by Vermont Creamery, but all opinions are my own.
Today’s recipe, Puff Pastry Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart, is a celebration of the new season with my favorite spring produce, asparagus. If you are a lover of this delicious vegetable like I am, you are in for a treat. Because this super easy to make appetizer/brunch recipe is quick to make and oh so delicious.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
To make it easier, I will divide the ingredients into 2 parts. The toppings and the tart.
- Mushrooms: I used shiitake mushrooms but any mushroom would work here. If you are new to preparing them, here is how to clean shiitake mushrooms.
- Use other types of mushrooms, such as roasted portobello mushrooms.
- Asparagus: I recommend buying asparagus that is not too thin as the cooking time will be different.
- Goat Cheese: In terms of goat cheese, I used my favorite Vermont Creamery’s fresh goat cheese. I love them, not only because they are a Vermont-based company, but also because I have been so lucky to have attended one of their cheese camps years ago and experienced the awesomeness of their products first hand by eating my weight in goat cheese. Make sure that it is at room temperature.
- Other toppings for flavoring: You will need garlic, scallions, and other optional toppings like prosciutto and arugula.
I used a 9X9 sheet of store-bought puff pastry in this recipe. Make sure that it is thawed in the fridge overnight so that it will be easy to roll out when you are ready to assemble your asparagus tart.
How to make Asparagus Tart?
The process of making this asparagus cheese tart has 3 parts.
- Make the mushroom filling: As the name of the recipe suggests, this recipe uses mushrooms and asparagus as the filling. Simply saute them with a little bit of butter until they are softened and set them aside to cool. Alternatively, you can roast shiitake mushrooms in the oven.
- Prepare the asparagus: Trim the ends of the asparagus spears and cut them into smaller, ¼ inch thick pieces. Then, mix it with thinly sliced scallions, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
- Make the Goat Cheese Spread: Mix olive oil with the goat cheese.
- Prepare the puff pastry: Lay out a thawed (store-bought) puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out to a square using a rolling pin and spread it evenly with the goat cheese leaving one inch on each side.
- Assemble the asparagus puff pastry recipe: Spread mushrooms and asparagus mixture on top. Roll each side onto itself towards the middle to create a frame and transfer it to a baking sheet
- Bake in a 425 F degree oven for 15 minutes or until the sides turn golden brown. Slice and serve while it is still warm.
A Surprising Topping You Should Try:
In preparation for this post, I made this asparagus tart recipe several times. On the day that I photographed it, as we were getting ready to eat it, my husband suggested that we top them off with some thinly sliced prosciutto. Luck would have it, we had some in the fridge so we went ahead and put some on top of each slice.
Oh my! We were both like, how is it that we didn’t think of this before??
It was SO delicious. I took the photo below at the last minute. So keep in mind that you can also serve this easy asparagus appetizer with puff pastry with a slice of prosciutto if you are not serving it to a vegetarian crowd.
If you liked this recipe you might also like:
- Goat Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onion and Thyme
- Perfectly Roasted Asparagus (everything you need to know about roasting asparagus)
- Baked Goat Cheese Dip
- Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart
- Roasted Beet Goat Cheese Salad
- Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Goat Cheese
- Baked Goat Cheese Balls
- Goat Cheese Bread Pudding
Easy Asparagus Tart Recipe with Goat Cheese and Mushrooms
For The Mushrooms:
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For The Asparagus Topping:
- 6 ounces asparagus trimmed and sliced ¼ inch thin (approx. 1 cup)
- 2 scallions both white and green parts thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For The Tart:
- 4 oz. goat cheese at room temperature – divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 sheet of puff pastry 9×9 ½, thawed
- Handful of fresh arugula
- 9 slices Prosciutto
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt butter in a skillet. Add in the mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until they are softened and reduced in size. Season with salt and set aside to cool.
- To make the asparagus topping: Gently mix asparagus, scallions, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon of the goat cheese and set aside.
- Mix the rest of the goat cheese and olive oil in a bowl.
- To assemble the tart: Carefully unfold the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Using a roller, roll it into a 10×10 square dough. Transfer it onto the parchment lined sheet.
- Spread goat cheese-oil mixture over the puff pastry leaving 1-inch border throughout the sides. Top it off with mushrooms and asparagus mixture making sure that they are evenly distributed throughout the tart.
- Brush sides with a little bit of water and fold it onto itself, towards the middle, on all sides.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the sides of the tart turn golden brown.
- Let it cool for 5 minutes. Scatter the reserved goat cheese in small chunks all over the tart.
- If using, garnish with arugula and prosciutto.
- Slice it into smaller pieces and serve while it is still warm.
- The nutrition values below assumes that you slice this tart into 9 pieces. However, you can cut into 4 squares as well.
- Can I make this asparagus appetizer in advance? Yes, you can. However, I recommend getting all the ingredients ready a day before, storing them separately, and assembling it right before you are ready to bake it.
- How much time do I need for the frozen puff pastry to thaw? It depends on the brand of puff pastry you are using, but usually, 30-40 minutes on the counter should be more than enough. If it is too soft, feel free to pop it back in the freezer for a few minutes before rolling it out.
- What do I do with the leftovers? You can store leftovers in an airtight container for 1 more day. However, as in most recipes made with puff pastry sheets, I think this asparagus tart is the most delicious right after it comes out of the oven.