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May 4, 2018

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

This asparagus and goat cheese tart is the perfect lunch, or when cut into smaller pieces, a delicious party appetizer.

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart with Olives

With a store bought puff pastry shell, this asparagus and goat cheese tart is easy to assemble and bake, yet it looks so elegant.

To make the puff pastry shell, I placed a sheet of thawed puff pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet, and then topped it with an eight inch square cake pan which was weighed down with pie weights so that the middle would not puff up. If you use a Pyrex or ceramic pan, you can skip the pie weights.

To get that super crispy edge to puff up so perfectly, I scored the puff pastry with a sharp knife along the edges of the cake pan, being careful not to cut all the way through the pastry.

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart with Kalamata Olives

This tart is a wonderful way to welcome spring. The tart is lighter than a quiche. After tossing the fresh asparagus with scallions, kalamata olives, and a small amount of garlic and lemon zest, you sprinkle it over a thin layer of goat cheese, and then finish the tart with a few sprinkles of more goat cheese.

As part of Brunch Week, Michigan Asparagus gave us some gorgeous asparagus. They are one of the only (and largest) regions for U.S. grown asparagus. It is available May and June. All of their asparagus is hand harvested and hand packed.

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

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Yield: Serves 4 as a main dish

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart


  • 1 - 9 inch by 9 inch sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 6 ounces of asparagus, trimmed and cut on the bias into 1 inch pieces. Be sure to cut the thicker parts on a deep angle to the pieces are thin. 
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened


  1. Position two racks in the oven, one at the upper third, and one at the lower third position. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment, unfold the puff pastry, and place it on the parchment. Grease the bottom of an 8 inch square cake pan, and place it in the center of the puff pastry. With a thin sharp paring knife, score the pastry following along the sides of the cake pan. Be careful not to cut all the way through. If the cake pan is metal, weigh it down with pie weights. 
  3. On the lower rack, bake the puff pastry leaving the cake pan on top of it for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, remove the cake pan from the puff pastry, and place the puff pastry back into the oven. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. 
  4. In the meantime, toss the asparagus with the scallions, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, olives, garlic, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. 
  5. Mix the goat cheese with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil until smooth. Spread 3/4 of the goat cheese thinly over the baked puff pastry, being careful not to get it on the raised edges. Sprinkle the asparagus mixture evenly over the goat cheese, and dot with pieces of the remaining goat cheese. 
  6. Bake the tart on the upper rack until the asparagus is al dente, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. 

Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Appetizers:
Antipasto Platter from A Day in the Life on the Farm
How to Create an Antipasto Platter from Love and Confections
Spring Cobb Salad from The Barbee Housewife

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Asparagus, Mushroom and Cheese Egg Cups from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Asparagus, Sausage, and Onion Quiche from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Breakfast Stuffed Avocados from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Frittata from Cooking with Carlee
Ham & Cheese Hashbrown Frittata from It Bakes Me Happy

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains, and Pastries:
Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato Biscuits from Tara's Multicultural Table
Coconut Doughnuts from Mildly Meandering
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Kolaches from The Spiffy Cookie
Shortcut Blueberry Cheesecake Cinnamon Rolls from Big Bear's Wife

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Salmon Quiche from My Catholic Kitchen
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Sandwiches from Books n' Cooks

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Breakfast Salad from Caroline's Cooking
Roasted Asparagus & Carrots from Amy's Cooking Adventures

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Hazelnut Pudding Cake from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Snack Cake from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Raspberry Lime Parfaits from Eat Move Make

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  1. gosh, I cannot keep up with you! you are soooooooo active with your amazing cooking... (I am not worthy)

    great recipe, it does have my name all over it, in case you are wondering...

    1. I think you'd love this.

      It's been a crazy week, but the rest of the month it less so thank goodness. Fortunately I made quite a few of these way in advance!

  2. So easy with the puff pastry crust! And the filling ingredients sound marvelous---perfect for spring!

  3. You are speaking my food language with all these yummy flavors. Love goat cheese, asparagus AND puff pastry!

  4. this looks delicious! I bet the puff pastry makes is easy to make

  5. What a stunning dish! I would love to serve it at m next brunch (or make one just for myself!)

  6. This looks so pretty and love the combination of flavors.

  7. Such a gorgeous tart. Totally putting on this on the menu for my next brunch with my girlfriends.

  8. This would be the perfect Mother's day meal!

  9. Mmmmmm! Puff pastry, cheese, asparagus. So so good!

  10. I just wanted to drop by and say that this recipe is awesome. I tried it yesterday and everyone at home loved it. In fact we ran out which has never happened before. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    Amy Smith
    Baltimore, MD


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