Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts



5 min


30 min


8 tarts

Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

Photo: Jim Norton

Good as a quick dinner or as an appetizer, puff pastry is the real hero here, allowing you to get these pretty tarts on the table (or platter) in just 30 minutes.


  • 1 medium red onion , cut into rings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 450 g pkg puff pastry , thawed
  • 240 g soft goat cheese
  • 32 spears of asparagus , (approx. 2 bunches)


In a skillet, cook onion in olive oil, until softened. Add balsamic vinegar and stir to coat; set aside. Cut puff pastry sheet into 8 equal squares. Spread about 2 tbsp soft goat cheese on each square, leaving a 1 in border. Line up asparagus spears (cut to fit, if necessary) over the cheese, then top off with a few onion rings. Bake in a 400°F oven until golden, 20–25 minutes. Drizzle with more balsamic vinegar before serving.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue. Photo by Jim Norton.