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Savory Asparagus and Cheese Tart

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An asparagus and cheese tart is a savory and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed with a variety of accompaniments for brunch or anytime.

This asparagus and cheese tart is a delightful combination of flavors and textures, perfect for a brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer. The delicate balance of asparagus with the nutty flavor of Gruyere or Swiss cheese make this dish a popular selection for gatherings.

Here’s a brunch menu idea incorporating the tart:

Asparagus and Cheese Tart:

Serve the tart as the main dish. The combination of asparagus and cheese in a flaky tart shell is both delicious and visually appealing.

Mixed Green Salad:

Prepare a light mixed green salad with a simple vinaigrette. Use fresh greens like arugula, spinach, and watercress. Toss in cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and a sprinkle of toasted nuts for added crunch.

Fruit Platter:

Create a colorful fruit platter with a variety of fresh fruits such as berries, melon slices, pineapple, and grapes. This provides a refreshing contrast to the richness of the tart.

Herb Roasted Potatoes:

Roast small potatoes with olive oil, garlic, and a medley of herbs like rosemary and thyme. This side dish complements the tart and adds heartiness to the brunch.

Freshly Baked Pastries:

Include an assortment of freshly baked pastries like croissants, muffins, or scones. These can be enjoyed with butter and jams alongside the tart.


Offer a selection of beverages such as freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, and herbal teas. You can also consider serving a light and refreshing brunch cocktail like mimosas or sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice.


Finish off the brunch with a light dessert. Consider serving a fruit salad or a selection of mini desserts like lemon tarts, chocolate truffles, or fruit tarts.

Remember to set a nicely decorated table with fresh flowers or herbs for a lovely brunch atmosphere. This menu provides a balance of flavors and textures, making it a delightful and satisfying brunch for friends and family. Enjoy your brunch gathering!

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

An asparagus and cheese tart is a savory and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed with a variety of accompaniments for brunch or anytime.


For the tart shell:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  1. To make the tart shell: In a food processor, pulse together the flour and salt.
  2. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. With the processor running, slowly add the ice water until the dough comes together.
  4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and line a tart pan with the dough. Trim the edges.
  7. Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment paper and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Allow it to cool.
  9. Make the filling: Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until slightly tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
  10. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  11. Spread the shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese over the pre-baked tart shell.
  12. Arrange the asparagus pieces on top of the cheese.
  13. Pour the egg and cream mixture over the asparagus.
  14. Bake the tart in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the filling is set and the top is golden brown.
  15. Allow the tart to cool slightly before slicing.

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