The earthy flavors of Asparagus, Leek and Morel Tart yield heavenly results in this delightful dish. Simply extraordinary.

Asparagus, Leek and Morel Tart

Asparagus, Leek and Morel Tart
 
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons ice water (to 4 Tablespoons)
Filling:
  • 3 leeks (to 4)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 ounces fresh morel mushrooms or other aromatic wild mushrooms
  • such as chanterelle or porcini
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere, dry Jack or Parmesan cheese; grated
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 16 spears)
  • 30 small cherry tomatoes; halved
  • 20 large cherry tomatoes; halved
  • vegetable or olive oil cooking spray
Instructions
Crust:
  1. Combine flour and salt in bowl. Cut butter into flour with 2 knives or in food processor until butter is size of peas. Drizzle in water and mix just until dough comes together.
  2. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Roll out dough into 13-inch circle on lightly floured surface.
  3. Place in 12-inch tart pan. Fold any excess dough back into pan and press against sides. Place piece of foil or parchment paper on top of crust and fill with pie weights, rice or beans.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees until edges barely begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil or parchment paper.
Filling:
  1. Cut all but 1 inch of green tops off leeks. Split down middle and rinse very well. Cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices. There should be about 4 1/2 to 5 cups sliced leeks.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and season with salt to taste. Saute, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.
  3. Quickly rinse mushrooms in cold running water. If using morels, halve lengthwise. If using chanterelles or porcini, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Saute mushrooms in remaining 1 tablespoon butter over high heat until most of liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.
  4. Spread leeks in bottom of tart shell. Spread mushrooms over leeks. Cover with grated cheese. Place on baking sheet or piece of foil. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese begins to melt, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Trim each asparagus spear to 5 1/2 inches. Place asparagus spears on top of cheese like spokes of wheel. Place cherry tomatoes in decorative fashion, cut-side up, on cheese. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Season to taste with salt.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese is bubbly and asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes.
Notes
If you can't find fresh morels, soak dried ones in hot water until they regain their shape.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: each of 10 Calories: 305 Fat: 21g Carbohydrates: 21g Sodium: 368mg Fiber: 1.40g Protein: 11g Cholesterol: 59mg

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