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Asparagus Tart

 Asparagus Tart
From Canastota, New York, Mary Relyea shares this lovely tart. Its golden crust is filled with a delightfully light egg bake that includes asparagus spears and Gruyere cheese. Serve it as an impressive side dish or a meatless main course.
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 cups water
  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 2/3 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Cut 2 in. from the top of each asparagus spear; set tops aside. Cut
  • stem ends into 3/4-in. pieces. In a small saucepan, bring water to a
  • boil. Add the 3/4-in. asparagus pieces; cover and boil for 3-4
  • minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain
  • and pat dry.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a 13-in. circle.
  • Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 11-in. fluted
  • tart pan with removable bottom; trim edges. Place the blanched
  • asparagus, 1/3 cup cheese and parsley in crust.
  • In a small bowl, combine the eggs, cream, salt, cayenne and nutmeg;
  • pour into crust. Arrange asparagus tops over egg mixture. Sprinkle
  • with remaining cheese.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or

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Asparagus Tart (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand
  • for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 233 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 132 mg cholesterol, 326 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 lean meat.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.