Asparagus Mascarpone Tartlets

Rich blue cheese and asparagus offer a perfect pairing, and the mascarpone adds a special creaminess that makes this a special appetizer or first course.

Recipe Details

Prep Time: 15min

Cook Time: 20min

Yields: 12 tarts

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped fresh asparagus
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mascarpone cheese
  • 4 oz (125 g) crumbled blue cheese, such as Thornloe Devil's Rock
  • 12 frozen tart shells

Preparation Method

Step One:

In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until softened. Add asparagus, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until tender crisp and bright green. Remove from heat and stir in mascarpone cheese until melted and creamy. Stir in blue cheese until combined.

Step Two:

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).

Step Three:

Place tart shells onto baking sheet. Spoon asparagus mixture into tarts. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving.

Ontario Local!

While asparagus is native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, it is grown right here in Ontario!

Level it up!

This is a perfect addition to a salad of baby arugula tossed with extra virgin olive oil and a hint of balsamic. Top with a tartlet to serve while warm and let the filling open up and dress the arugula further.


Nutritional Info per serving (1 tart):
180 calories, 12 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0.2 g trans fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 2 g sugars, 4 g protein.

Top 5 Nutrients:
Iron 6%DV, Calcium 5%DV, Niacin 5%DV, Vitamin B12 5%DV, Riboflavin 4%DV

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