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Recipe of the Day: Asparagus Tart

Asparagus Tart
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ASPARAGUS TART

PASTRY:

All-purpose flour

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-ounce package), thawed

HERBED CREAM CHEESE SPREAD:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

TOPPINGS:

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 asparagus spears, trimmed and shaved

2 radishes, thinly sliced

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spread flour on rolling pin.

Place puff pastry sheet on piece of cooking parchment paper; roll into 11-by-10-inch rectangle. Keep pastry on parchment; transfer to large cookie sheet.

Score dough 1/2 inch from edge all the way around to make border. Poke dough all over with fork inside border. Bake 14 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat herbed cream cheese spread ingredients with spoon; set aside.

3. Drop cream cheese mixture by dollops evenly over center of hot tart; let stand 1 minute. Gently spread cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of edges.

4. In medium bowl, beat oil, lemon juice, honey and 1/8 teaspoon salt with whisk. Add asparagus and radishes; toss to coat.

Top tart with asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows. Makes 12 servings.

Tips: To shave asparagus spears, place each spear on a cutting board and shave tip to base with a vegetable peeler until the asparagus is too thin to shave any more. Then turn over and shave two to three more pieces from the other side. The thicker the spears, the better.

For an even more flavorful tart, substitute goat cheese for the cream cheese. Add an extra tablespoon of cream to help thin out the thicker cheese.

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