Menu

Asparagus & Wild Garlic Tart (with Wild Garlic Pesto)

This is a simple dish that makes a lovely light lunch or a nice addition to a picnic.  It uses seasonal ingredients and the wild garlic pesto takes it up a notch and will impress your dinner guests.
IF FORAGING, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WASH THE WILD GARLIC THOROUGHLY!

Oven – 190º (170 fan or gas mark 5)

Ingredients

Shortcrust Pastry (bought is ok but I like to make mine)
200 grms Plain Flour
100 grms Salted Butter (or a mix butter & lard if you’re a traditional pastry maker)
Water
Salt

Filling
3 Eggs
300 ml Milk
250 ml Double Cream
A bunch of Asparagus
A bunch of Wild Garlic – leaves and some flowers if you can find them
10 grms Parmesan
Salt & Pepper

Pesto
Big bunch of wild garlic
Salt & Pepper
30 grms Parmesan
50 grms Pine nuts
Clove of garlic (if you like a strong garlic hit)
Good quality Olive Oil (or rapeseed, good quality)

Method

To make pastry  (can be done in a processor if you’re in a rush, just be careful not to over mix)

1. Put flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl
2. Rub in the butter to make fine breadcrumbs
3. Add enough ice cold water to bring together.  Too much and you will have a hard, chewy pastry.
4. Quickly form into a ball with as little handling as possible and put into a fridge for approx. half an hour or until needed.
5. When ready to make, roll out the pastry and line an 8” flan tin, or dish (I prefer a tin as this results in a crispier pastry).  6. Prick the bottom and screw up some greaseproof paper, then spread this onto the base of your pastry and add baking beans (rice if you don’t have beans) and bake blind for 15 mins or until just starting to colour.
7. Remove greaseproof paper & beans. I like to brush mine with a little egg, then pop back into the over for a couple of minutes to dry out for a couple of minutes, then remove from oven and put to one side..
8. Turn oven down to 180º (160º  / 4)

To make filling
1. Blanche the wild garlic (you really need to do this, otherwise all the water from the garlic will give you a soggy bottom!)
2. Chop finely and squeeze out as much water as you can
3. Blanche the asparagus ( I like to leave mine whole but chop if you prefer)
4. Put eggs, milk & cream into a bowl and whisk/mix together to break up eggs
5. Add salt, pepper and parmesan
6. Lay the asparagus onto the pre-cooked pastry, interspersed with the wild garlic.
7. Pour on half the milk mix, then pop into the oven before pouring the rest of the milk mixture in to top up – this saves spillage!

Depending on how deep your dish is, you may not use all the mix or you may need to add a little more cream/milk to fill your tart.  I like to sprinkle on some extra parmesan and cracked black pepper, then cook for approx half an hour, or until just set and starting to colour slightly.

To make the pesto

1. Put wild garlic, salt, cracked black pepper (lots!), pine nuts, parmesan and good olive oil into a liquidiser and whizz up until very fine.
2. Add olive oil if needed to achieve a smooth, thick pesto.
3. Any extra may be stored in a clean, sealed jar in the fridge for a few days and added to pasta or soups – yum!

Garnish with wild garlic flowers and serve with a salad and nice glass of wine.

To make this a special treat, add a couple of raw salmon fillets chopped into bite size pieces (no need to pre-cook) into the filling mixture and cook as above.

Enjoy!

Micky Allfrey
Simply Delish

P.S. If you don’t have time to make this quiche yourself or if you need help catering event buffets, working lunches or a special dinner, please get in touch. I’m happy to do one or two dishes or a whole event. Contact me at micky@simplydelish.co.uk or via facebook at Simply Delish Lambourn.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Coverage Area

What's On

Mar
19
Tue
2019
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Pangbo... @ Pangbourne Library
Family History Sessions @ Pangbo... @ Pangbourne Library
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Research your Family History Third Tuesday of
10:30 am Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hungerford Carers Support Group @ Hungerford Fire Station
Hosted by Reading and West Berkshire Carers
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime for under 3 years Every Tuesday
2:00 pm Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Group @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Tuesday, 2.00-4.00pm at Hungerford
2:00 pm Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Knit and Natter @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Knit and Natter Every Tuesday, 2.00-4.00pm at
3:30 pm Knit and Natter @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Knit and Natter @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Mar 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Knit and Natter @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Knit and Natter Every Tuesday at Thatcham
7:00 pm Beginners Knitting @ The Mix, Wantage
Beginners Knitting @ The Mix, Wantage
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Beginners Knitting @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom
An introductory course covering all the basic
Mar
20
Wed
2019
9:30 am Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Li... @ Wantage Library
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Li... @ Wantage Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Library @ Wantage Library | United Kingdom
Wednesday Rhymetime @ Wantage Library Join in
9:45 am Computer Lessons for beginners @... @ Hungerford Library
Computer Lessons for beginners @... @ Hungerford Library
Mar 20 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am
Computer Lessons for beginners @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Computer Lessons for beginners Every Wednesday morning
10:00 am Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art Group @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Art Group Every Wednesday, 10.00am-12.00pm at Lambourn