Asparagus and Gruyere Tart
Category: Light Bites
A delicious impressive tart for Spring time – you can easily alternate the filling to suit the seasons
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1 ready cooked pastry case (see step by step pastry)
200g pack of asparagus tips
150ml carton double cream
150ml/1/4 pint milk
125g/4oz gruyere cheese, grated
1Heat the oil in a small frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft and transparent. Transfer them to the pastry case and spread them out evenly on the base. Cook the asparagus in a pan of boiling salted water for about 2-3 minutes then refresh in cold water and drain well then arrange these in the tart case.
2 In a jug, mix together the eggs, cream and milk and season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. (You can add a pinch of fresh herbs also if you wish) Sprinkle half the cheese over the asparagus then carefully pour over the mixture (there may be a little over).
3 Top with the remaining cheese a pinch of black pepper and put in the oven at gas mark 4/180C (170C in a fan oven) and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden and the mixture is beginning to cook. It may still be a little wobbly, it will continue cooking as it cools down. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes then release from the tin and serve either warm or cold. Delicious with a spoonful of chutney.
Fill it ...
Keep the custard mixture the same (i.e eggs, cream, milk) and change the fillings to suit the seasons
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