Asparagus tart

April 15, 2011  •  Category:


Alice (daughter, almost 18) said a while ago: ” I don’t know why you like to cook; I don’t find anything fun about cooking, so don’t expect me to cook with you or anything”.

Tonight,  she was inspired; she requested a few items, brought her laptop into the kitchen to show me the source of her inspiration: A blog with an italian name from a blogger in San Fransisco, a very well-made blog with impeccable photos and recipes,

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

  • Puff pastry (I buy puff pastry squares from the Middle-Eastern store, pre-cut)
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil, as needed
  • salt, pepper
  • Shredded cheese (a mixture of Gouda, sharp cheddar and mozzarella)


  1. Roll puff pastry into small rectangles. With the tip of a knife, draw a fine line one inch from the border inside the pastry rectangle all around to form a margin.
  2. Bake the pastry in a 35oF oven until they are golden, about 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, boil salted water in a pot; drop the asparagus and blanch for 2 minutes; drain and drop in icy water.
  4. Remove the asparagus and dry in a towel; chop the onion and fry in some olive oil until the onion is soft and a bit caramelized. Divide the onion between the tarts. Place 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on each tart. Cut the asparagus to fit and place them on the cheese. Bake the tarts to melt the cheese another 5 to 10 minutes. Brush some olive oil on the asparagus and serve warm or at room temperature.


30 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Jean says:

    What a great find of a recipe from a Bay Area blogger that I also like. Asparagus is my favorite vegetable but I’ve never actually made a tart with it. The simplicity of this recipe highlights the special qualities of the asparagus. I like. 🙂

    Your daughter is beautiful, just like Mom. 🙂

  2. Alice says:

    Don’t forget to say that half of the batch had the onions under the cheese and the other half had dill! 🙂

  3. Diane says:

    I pulled asparagus last night, guess what I may do with it LOL. Diane

  4. Ivy says:

    Your daughter sounds like my daughter. Asparagus are overpriced in Greece so I don’t buy them as often as I would like to. These sound delicious.

  5. Rosa says:

    A lovely tart! A great recipe.

    Your daughter is beautiful!



  6. Sutapa says:

    Your beautiful daughter inspired you to try a very delicious , simple yet beautiful recipe!
    Alice inspire Mom with more such delightful recipes !

  7. Joanne says:

    I’m loving this tart! I can see why your daughter was inspired by it! Delicious.

  8. Green Shushi says:

    Beautiful looking tart, perfect for spring!
    Your daughter looks so much like you! Beautiful!

  9. Claudia says:

    That has inspired me – I like the idea of some shredded Gouda – I don’t use Gouda enough. Taking note of ingredients. And your lovely daughter has outstanding taste in tarts!

  10. JourneyKitchen says:

    I think your daughter knows her food. Such simplicity and elegance in this recipe. Love it!

  11. JourneyKitchen says:

    oh and she looks SO SO much like you! Lovely people 🙂

  12. Peter says:

    She’s young and she might get bitten by the kitchen bug yet! She has good tastes in blogs and she picked an easy dish with some challenge as well. You might soon have a sous chef!

    • Joumana says:

      @Peter, do you a know a daughter who likes to take orders from her mom? lol

      @Devaki: It is funny, you and I share the same desire to pass on knowledge, traditions, culture, to our offsprings, hoping that something will stick~

  13. Devaki says:

    Dear Joumana – With the kids I take heart in the fact that when they are young they take us Mum’s and all that we do for granted just like I did with mine. But once they get older, if we are lucky they will realise….This asparagus tart is lovely and notive how she cooks similar to you – pure and honest food 🙂

    I for one find that the older I am getting the more I am cooking more and more like my parents and grand parents. So I do know this, you have given and are giving your lovely daughter such a good foundation that eventually she will blossom.

    After all the fruit usually doesn’t fall far from the tree! 🙂 Why do you think I am blogging? In a hope that it will eventually it will serve a link for my boys to their food, history, culture and family stories…one can always hope 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  14. domi says:

    Bonsoir Joumana, je continu à me battre contre des moulins à vents ni overblog, ni google ne peuvent ( ou ne veulent ) pas m’aider. J’ai nettoyé mon ordi qui me dit que tout va bien et qu’il n’y a aucun virus et pourtant… Quatre ( pseudo ) spécialistes qui ne comprennent pas et les autres qui ne savent ce qui se passe, alors…Un bien joli feuilleté délicatement préparé avec un très beau visuel, bisous et bonne soirée

  15. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    These look wonderful. Such a nice item for spring and Easter.

  16. Kate says:

    Jourmana, thanks so much for the nod and your kind comments! I’m delighted that you & Alice enjoyed the recipe, and your tart looks just lovely. Glad to have discovered your blog as well, happy cooking!

  17. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I love this: simple and seasonal. I’ve got to try these.
    *kisses* HH

  18. Priya says:

    Ur daughter looks soo pretty…Tart looks fabulous and lovely!

  19. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Ah there is hope for your lovely daughter yet to learn to love cooking. I am just starting to explore the fun of puff pastry. This tart is very stunning and tasty. Will check out this blog.

  20. Doria says:

    Une bonne tarte aux asperges, j’adore !
    Je te souhaite une très belle soirée en ce samedi,
    Bisous, Doria

  21. rebecca says:

    wonderful tart for spring and how cool you daughter is a foodie

  22. Cynthia says:

    Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables. Your daughter is very beautiful.

  23. Amanda says:

    Joumana, I’m just starting to get my kids into the kitchen. I was unable to relinquish kitchen control for years with them, but now I’m keen for them to move in on my space. It is quite nice when someone else does the work!

  24. tigerfish says:

    Perfect in-season tart! And it is savory! yum…

  25. weirdcombos says:

    Super springy, beautiful dish. I’m sure your daughter is secretly learning from your cooking experience.
    I need to check this Bay Area blog.
    Happy week!

  26. shayma says:

    that’s really sweet- and your daughter is very pretty. x shayma

  27. Oui, Chef says:

    I am SO making this over the coming weekend, what a terrific use of fresh spring asparagus. Your daughter may yet to have acquired a love of cooking from you, but she clearly has you to thank for her beauty. – S

  28. Magic of Spice says:

    What a lovely tart…I adore asparagus and those great cheese choices 🙂

  29. almostveg says:

    What a gorgeous tart. I have some puff pastry in the freezer and was tired of making palmiers – was looking for inspiration. Love asparagaus – will be a perfect fit.

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