Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club

Spring Asparagus Tart

asparagus tart

This gorgeous dish comes together with only a few ingredients and very little active prep. It’s the perfect example of using olive oil as Mother Nature’s “sauce”—a drizzle right before serving turns EVOO into the star of this dish. Read the fine print on frozen puff pastry labels—many brands are loaded with artificial ingredients and no butter! I like the Bronx, New York-based Dufour Pastry Kitchen brand—the company is run by women and the results are delicious (they also make a vegan version). Any dough trimmings can be twisted into spirals, brushed with egg, sprinkled with grated cheese, and baked on a separate sheet of parchment for about 20 minutes.


  • 4-ounce package of frozen puff pastry
  • White whole wheat flour
  • 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 12 ounces asparagus, rinsed and trimmed to the same length
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 small egg
  • Optional garnishes: thin strips of prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings, balsamic vinegar


Step 1

Defrost the puff pastry according to package directions. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place a piece of parchment paper about 24 inches in length on your countertop and sprinkle on a small amount of the flour, then flour your rolling pin. Unfold the thawed dough on the paper, gently roll out the creases, and then roll it to about 10 by 16 inches. Use a paring knife to trim any uneven edges and then to score a rectangular border just 1 inch in from the edges on all four sides—it will look like a picture frame (be sure not to cut all the way through the dough). Lightly prick the dough within the border in an even pattern with a fork. Slide the parchment paper with the dough onto a rimmed sheet pan, cutting off or folding under any excess paper. 

Step 2

Evenly sprinkle the grated cheese across the dough within the border. On a plate, toss the asparagus with a tablespoon of olive oil, then arrange the spears in one row over the Gruyère. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, and use a pastry brush to brush it on the dough border. 

Step 3

Bake the tart for about 30 to 35 minutes, until the border is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes before topping with prosciutto and/or cheese, if using. Serve warm or at room temperature with a drizzle of olive oil and, if desired, a splash of balsamic. 

Yields 8 servings