Whip up these mouthwatering asparagus filo pastry tarts with creamy ricotta filling in just 30 minutes.
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Springtime means asparagus is in season, and not many dishes come close to honouring this vegetable like an asparagus and cheese tart. When baked in the oven, asparagus becomes tender and almost juicy on the inside, while turning golden-brown on the outside with delicious crispy ends. Its sweet and nutty flavour is paired with creamy ricotta to make the perfect tart filling.
Flavours aside, asparagus is also one good-looking vegie! It can turn a simple filo pastry tart shell into an elegant dish that fits right in at fancy afternoon teas, brunches, parties and showers. This recipe in particular is one of the easiest asparagus tart recipes. Can you believe that you can whip up a dish this beautiful in just 30 minutes?
For an effortlessly chic alfresco lunch meal or dinner party appetiser, you’ve got to make these delightful asparagus and ricotta tarts. Serve fresh out of the oven if possible so the pastry shatters and the cheese filling is warm and melty when you bite into it.
Here are some hot tips to help your asparagus cheese tart succeed:
The main difference between filo and puff pastry is that filo pastry will get you a more crunchy and shattery tart shell, while puff pastry will end up lighter and flakier.
Making a tart shell using filo pastry is easy when you know how to work with it. If your filo pastry is frozen, make sure it is fully thawed before you start to layer the sheets. Dry your hands thoroughly, then take a small amount of pastry out of the packaging. You don’t want to expose too many sheets to the air as they dry out quickly. Remember to place a clean, damp towel over the sheets that aren’t being used to keep them pliable. Filo pastry has a lower fat content, so as you’re building the tart shell, generously spray on olive oil between each layer, so you have a flaky tart at the end.
Want to make the most of this springtime vegetable while it’s at the height of its season? Check out these side dish and salad recipes for Curtis Stone’s grilled asparagus salad with fried chickpeas, Curtis Stone’s pan-roasted asparagus with pecorino, BBQ asparagus caprese salad and grilled cos and asparagus salad. Let asparagus shine in a main dish with these recipes for asparagus and salmon stir-fry and asparagus and egg mornay with cheesy breadcrumbs.
Energy: 1829kJ/438 Cals (21%)
Protein: 28g (56%)
Fat: 18g (26%)
Sat fat: 10g (42%)
Carb: 36g (12%)
Sugar: 5g (6%)
Fibre: 5g (17%)
Sodium: 728mg (32%)