Asparagus, Goats Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Puff Pastry Tart with Chicory & Pea Salad

by Julie Gibbons on March 21, 2011

Asparagus, Goats Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Puff Pastry Tart with Chicory & Pea Salad

Here’s an admission – nothing here came from a veg box. We’ve been away, see. So I cheekily availed myself of some ingredients from a supermarket. This can be quite an exciting adventure if I let go of all my prejudice and beliefs about how bad supermarket shopping is. It’s all bright and shiny and the shelves are veritably groaning with unseasonal, perfect produce.

I blame the Equinox. I’m SO VERY ready for spring eating. So ready that I bought asparagus and sugar snap peas flown by air to the UK. I’m not proud, but neither am I beating myself up. It is just so. All is well…

serves 4

1 x pack all butter puff pastry
1 pack imported fine asparagus spears
1 small pack UK organic goats cheese
10 super dried sun-dried tomatoes (store-cupboard)
1 pack imported sugar snap peas
1 pack UK  chicory
1 pack marinated mixed olives to serve
Home made potato wedges (I had 3 big boys to feed – they were hungry)

  1. Cut 3 medium potatoes into wedges (skin on) and place on an oiled baking tray, sprinkle with salt and bake at 230 Celcius for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a ready floured surface and divide into four rectangles.
  3. Score the inside of each rectangle, to introduce a picture frame – this will allow the tart to puff up nicely.
  4. Divide the asparagus, tomatoes and goats cheese equally between the tarts (I made the teenagers cheese & pesto versions as they’re not keen on the lumpy versions).
  5. Bake in the oven at 230 Celcius for 15 minutes.
  6. Meantime, tear up the chicory leaves and sugar snaps, rinse well (I wash them in Ecover washing up liquid before rinsing very well as they’re not organic) and spin dry in a salad spinner. Add some ready made or create a quick salad dressing of your choice to serve. We usually keep a balsamic and a dijon version ready made in the fridge. I used the balsamic version here to match the goats cheese & tomatoes in the tart.
  7. Serve. Be prepared for the boys to drown everything in ketchup.

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