Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Bacon Tart

I absolutely love using puff pastry.  It is so simple to use and it always gives me an impressive ending.

Today we are making a simple, yet elegant, asparagus, goat cheese and bacon tart that will literally take you about 20 minutes to put together.  Your guests will think that you slaved all day long.

This little appetizer pairs well with all that bubbly that is being opened for the holidays.

Once all your toppings have successfully been placed on top of this delicious little pastry, pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes.  Keep a watchful eye on it.  Take it out of the oven once it is nice and golden brown, but do be sure to cook the pastry fully to get it light and crisp.

Cut into squares and serve.

How easy was that?

Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Bacon Tart
Serves 4-6

5 bacon slices
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
1 sheet of puff pastry
8 ounces soft goat cheese
Salt & Pepper
1 large egg yolk, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon water

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Fry bacon until crisp.  Transfer to paper towels.  Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease and add the shallot to the pan, saute for 1 minute.  Add the asparagus and cook over medium-high heat until the asparagus is crisp tender.  Remove the pan from heat.  Crumble the bacon into tiny pieces and mix it with the asparagus and shallot.

On a lightly floured piece of kitchen parchment paper, roll out the pastry to a 10×16 inch rectangle.  Transfer the pastry and the parchment to a baking sheet.

Using your fingers, pat the goat cheese onto the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.  Sprinkle the asparagus, bacon and shallot mixture evenly over the goat cheese.   Season with salt and pepper.

Brush the edge of the tart with egg wash.  Bake until the pastry is golden brown, 20-25 minutes.  Let cool slightly and serve warm.


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