Asparagus and Bacon Tart
1 1/2 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1 large zucchini, grated
1 lemon, zested
2 tbs chopped mint
2 rashers bacon, finely sliced
Preheat oven to 200˚C or 180˚C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Join pastry sheets together by overlapping edges. Press edges to seal. Using a small sharp knife, make a border 1.5cm from edge into the surface of the pastry, without going right through. Prick base inside the border with a fork to prevent rising. Brush border with a little egg. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile, place asparagus spears in a shallow dish, cover with boiling water and set aside for 3 minutes. Combine ricotta, Parmesan, zucchini, lemon zest and mint in a bowl. Add the remaining egg, season with pepper and combine.
Remove tray from oven and, using a clean tea towel, press down the centre of the pastry if it has risen. Spread ricotta mixture in the centre and arrange drained asparagus on top. Scatter with bacon. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and bacon is crisp. Cut into portions and serve.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A “FOOD IN TRANSIT” DISASTER? I HAD ONE TODAY. AN EPIC FAIL. I woke up at 6am to make this tart to take to my new mums’ group. How’s that for dedication? After the tart had cooled down I put it on the wooden board pictured, took a photo for Wendy’s Kitchen Table, proceeded to cut the tart in half and covered it in tinfoil. With my hands full I made my way out the door balancing the tart very carefully in one hand and my handbag keys and phone in the other, at the same time nursing my very sore back. Proceeded to unlock my car and as I carefully went to place the tart on the backseat of my car half of it slid off the board and ended up facedown on the driveway. My son, very upset for me said “ Mum we can resurrect it.” Not likely. It was covered in leaves and gravel. With half a tart left I made the decision to see the glass half full because at least I had half a tart. Better than none, right?!!!!! After dropping my son at school and driving to the venue a car in front of me stopped abruptly. I slammed on my brakes and the board and the tart flew off my backseat and onto the floor. Thinking the tart was now history, I burst into tears. Why did I bother ? I arrived at the venue got out of my car, opened the backdoor of my car to find the tart sitting on the board minus a few spears of asparagus that had rolled under the seat but pretty much salvageable. By the way it is a very tasty tart but after all that had happened I didn’t feel like a piece. The shine had well and truly worn off!!!
Would love to hear your “Food in transit” disaster stories?