Wow the crowd with puff pastry
Puff pastry is a really fabulous ingredient to incorporate into your culinary bag of tricks. It is extremely versatile, can be used to make both sweet and savory dishes, and will impress any guest! This easy recipe for Goat Cheese and Asparagus Tarts is one of my favorite uses for puff pastry. It is simple to make and the result is absolutely stunning.
These goat cheese tarts are rustically refined, which is exactly what I am looking to achieve when I cook.
Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tarts can be made in small, bite size versions or larger and served with a side salad for an entree. The results taste great, no matter the size. I often make these in bite size and serve as an hors d’oeuvre along with cocktails. They are always a hit and even better, can be made in advance!
I’ll share a secret. This recipe is an excellent platform for getting really creative with the flavors you like. Once you have the basics down and the onion mixture made, the opportunities are endless. I have made all kinds of tarts based on what I had on hand such as tomato and parmesan, mushroom and brie, and many more varieties. Asparagus and goat cheese is always a winner with my crew so it’s my “go-to” version, but don’t be scared to get creative and do your own thing here if you aren’t a fan of asparagus- just stick to the basics and your tarts will come out amazing!
When using puff pastry, make sure you defrost it in the refrigerator overnight. You need it to remain cold, but it cannot be frozen or it will crack when you start to work it. This means you need to plan one day ahead when you make this tarts, but planning is really the hardest part!