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Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the first, and most delicious, signs of spring! The tender shoots, which emerge at the rate of up to an inch per hour, from a perennial root system, is considered a delicacy. Asparagus can be eaten raw as a sweet, crunchy snack, or can be cooked and added to all sorts of spring dishes like pizza, tarts, and is wonderful with eggs and salmon.

Spring Asparagus Tart

Ingredients: 

2 cups whole wheat (or all purpose) flour

1 Teaspoon salt

¼ cup olive oil + 1 tablespoon

½ cup cold water

1 bunch asparagus, cut to fit your pan

¼ cup grated cheese (use your favorite, I use a hard cheese like pecorino)

2 Teaspoons fresh herbs, minced Optional: eggs and mushrooms, or other spring veggies

 

Instructions: 

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

Combine flour, salt, 1 teaspoon herbs, and olive oil

  1. Add cold water and mix with a fork, and then your hands until the dough forms a ball (one 12 inch tart pan, or three 4-inch tart pans)

  2. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and gently press into your tart pan

  3. Lightly oil the tart crust surface with olive oil

  4. Place the asparagus and other veggies on the tart crust (if you are using eggs, crack them in between the vegetables)

  5. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and the remaining herbs

  6. Put the tart back in the oven and cook for another 12-15 minutes (check your egg and see that the white is no longer translucent)