Disclosure: Sponsored Post. The County of Middlesex, Ontario pays me to develop recipes and write articles showcasing county produce, which they publish in their newsletter. That payment also applies to sharing this work on my blog and social media platforms. But even if they didn’t pay me, I’d still eat their asparagus.
There’s nothing like a country drive to buy some just-picked asparagus from a local farm, or meandering around your urban farmers market to get some there. Yes, asparagus is available year round, but I always make a point of buying local when it’s available. This year I used the slender green spears to make an asparagus goat cheese tart that’s not only easy, but elegant enough to grace the table for any occasion. It could be the main dish for a luncheon with a simple salad, or a starter for dinner.
Using packaged phyllo sheets for the crust is easier than making a tart dough, and all those layers of crisp, golden edges look pretty spectacular, too. It’s simple to put together the goat cheese base … just four ingredients plus salt and pepper. I do like to take few minutes to arrange the asparagus on top in a pleasing pattern, alternating the tops and bottoms of the stems, and having the spear tops pointing in opposite directions. Sometimes it’s those little touches that make all the difference. Presentation isn’t exactly my forte, but any of us can take a bit of time to arrange this pattern.
The first bite of this tart is nothing short of spectacular … shatteringly crisp phyllo, creamy goat cheese with aromatics and a hint of lemon, and that tender, flavourful asparagus. You won’t stop at one bite!
I developed this Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart recipe for the Middlesex County Economic Development Department as part of their Visit Middlesex initiative. You can see the full recipe in their Summer 2017 newsletter.
If you’re thinking of taking a food road trip through this beautiful agricultural county, check out the Middlesex-London Local Food Guide. It has everything you need: a list of who produces what, contact information, and a map to help you get there!