Asparagus & Mushroom Tarts

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Serves 8

2        sheets frozen puff pastry, thaw

¼ c    unsalted butter

12 oz shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, cut strips

1 t    sea salt, divided

½ t     ground black pepper, divided

1 Ib    slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut 1” diagonal pieces

1½ t  chopped fresh thyme

1½ t  finely grated lemon peel

½ c    crème fraîche or greek yogurt

½ c    grated Gruyére cheese (packed)

 

1. Preheat oven to 400°F

2. Roll pastry sheets to 10” square, cut each into 4 squares

3. With knife, score ½” border around inside edge each square

4. Arrange squares on baking sheets

5. Sauté mushrooms, ¼ t ea s&p 4-5 mins, cool

6. Mix mushrooms, asparagus, thyme, lemon peel, ¾ t salt & ¼ t pepper, crème fraîche & cheese

7. Mound filling atop pastry squares, leaving ½” border

8. Bake tarts 8-10 mins, rotate sheets. Bake 6-8 mins more until puffed & golden

9. Transfer to plates: garnish with thyme

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