The recipe I decided to try in Fine Cooking In Season cookbook was the Asparagus, Goat Cheese & Bacon Tart recipe. It had three things I love – asparagus, bacon and puff pastry – and one thing I was unfamiliar with – goat cheese. So I couldn’t resist trying the recipe and whipped it up as soon as I could. Of course, while I was cooking the bacon my little guy, Billy, joined me by the stove top and no doubt he was hoping I’d drop a piece.
Okay, on with the recipe.
Asparagus and a shallot.
Get the bacon sizzling and crunchy.
When bacon is cooked, removed the slices to a paper towel lined plate.
Add shallots to pan then the asparagus into pan and cook until tender.
Add the bacon back in and cook for another few minutes. I can’t tell you how incredible the kitchen smelled. Yep, Billy was still by my side.
Remove the mixture from the pan and begin work on the puff pastry.
I rolled out the puff pastry to a rectangle on a sheet of parchment paper.
I cut and pat the goat cheese on the puff pastry.
I sprinkled the asparagus, shallot and bacon mix over the goat cheese being careful to leave an inch border.
I made an egg wash to brush around the border of the tart.
As the tart baked, the aroma that filled my kitchen was amazing. The bacon, the asparagus and the puff pastry. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. I knew it was going to be good. But I had to wait. Wait. Wait.
I served up the tart with a side of fettuccine and a whole-wheat roll.
So, what did it taste like? The combination of the salty bacon and creamy goat cheese with the burst of freshness from the asparagus was awesome. This is a great dish for spring and summer. Perfect for brunch or a luncheon. The only thing I would do differently next time is change up the amount of puff pastry used. The recipe called for a half-pound of puff pastry to be rolled out to a 10×16 inch rectangle. I found it to be too thin and difficult to eat (but I managed 🙂 ). This is something I would look to change next time. Otherwise, it was very good and easy to make.
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The Cookbook Diva