Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
This is the perfect dish to add a little elegance to your lunchtime entertaining. The lemon and tarragon flavors really work well with the asparagus, making this a very tasty main dish!
Hollandaise-Asparagus Tart — modified from Cooking Light Magazine
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine flour and sugar in a medium size bowl. Add shortening and using a pastry cutter, cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time. Toss the mixture with a fork until combined and starting to stick.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until in a 12 inch circle. Fit dough into pie plate. Flute edges and pierce bottom with a fork.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
Cut asparagus in size so that they will be eventually arranged in a spoke-like pattern in the tart.
Steam asparagus, covered, for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Arrange asparagus in a spoke-like pattern in the prepared crust with the tips pointing toward the inside of the crust.
Combine milk, egg, egg white, juice, rind, tarragon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour over asparagus.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned.