Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart


Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart

By Alexandra Stafford
Instagram: @alexandracook

This breakfast tart is a bit of a labor of love—a pastry shell must be blind-baked, asparagus must be roasted, walnuts must be toasted, and onions must be caramelized—but the result is well worth the effort. The tartness of the chèvre perfectly complements the earthy flavors of the asparagus and walnuts. Pair this tart with spring greens tossed with a citrusy and bright vinaigrette.

Yield: 1 tart, serves 8-10

For the pastry dough

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon ice water

For assembly 

  • ½ pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces Beekman 1802 plain chevre goat cheese
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced scallions, whites and greens


  • 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom 

Make the dough

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, and sugar. (Alternatively, whisk in a large bowl).

Add the butter and pulse at 1-second intervals until butter is the size of peas. (As another option, cut butter into the flour using the back of a fork or a pastry cutter.) Add the ice water and pulse again at 1-second intervals about 10 more times. (As a substitute, stir with a fork until mixture comes together to form a mass.) Be careful not to over-pulse. The dough should not look like a cohesive mass; it should look like distinct tiny balls, but when you pinch the dough together, it should hold.

Add more ice water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time. Transfer the crumbly mass of dough to the center of a tea towel. Gather the sides of the towel up and to the center and twist to form a beggar’s purse. When you unwrap the towel, your dough should hold its shape in a disc.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough roughly into a 13-inch circle, flipping every few rolls to prevent sticking.

Lift the dough and lay it into the pan. Press the dough into the corners and into the sides of the tart pan. Trim off the overhanging dough.

Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Roast the asparagus

Heat oven to 425º F. Cut the asparagus into 1- to 2-inch lengths.

Arrange the asparagus on a rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Add a pinch of kosher salt and pepper to taste. Toss. Arrange in a single layer.

Roast until the asparagus is just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 375º F.

Toast the walnuts

Spread the walnuts on a small sheet pan.

Transfer to the oven and cook until just toasty, about 10 minutes.

Once cool, use your fingers to break into rough pieces, leaving as much papery skin behind. Increase oven to 400º F.

Blind bake the tart shell 

Place the tart pan on a rimmed sheet pan.

Line the tart with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights (sugar works, too!).

Bake for 20 minutes or until crust just begins to color at the edges. Remove pan from oven. Remove parchment paper with its contents.

Prepare the filling

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, season with a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring every few minutes until the onion is tender and beginning to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Whisk together the eggs and cream. Season with the ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the onions into the tart shell. Top with the roasted asparagus and scallions. Pour the egg-cream mixture over top. Dot with the toasted walnuts and the goat cheese. Crack pepper over top to taste.

Transfer pan to the oven, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until custard is set. Remove pan from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before cutting.