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Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust.

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comBack when I was a newlywed, childless, first grade teacher, there was a brief span of time during which I spent my evenings each week making hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. As much as I enjoyed teaching and loved the kids I taught, at times there was a part of me that felt pulled in the direction of a culinary endeavor. I didn’t particularly know where that urge was going to lead — for instance, opening up my own bakery one day would be out of the question because that involves waking up each morning at an hour during which I am unable to function — but I figured that selling large, individually packaged, homemade cookies every Saturday might just help me figure it out.

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comWell, the cookies went over well but the one-man show, cookie dough-making, cookie baking/cooling/packaging/labeling wore me down pretty quickly. So almost as quickly as Samantha’s Sweets Gourmet Bake Shop began, it was closing its oven door. And to be perfectly honest, it was about three years later before I even had the desire to bake another cookie — ha! But maybe, just maybe, that cookie shop endeavor was an early indicator that the drive behind this food blog has been percolating in the back of my mind for many years now.

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comAnyhoo, you may find yourself wondering what in the heck that story has to do with this recipe. But for me, there is an association between the two because at the same time that I was peddling cookies at the Farmers Market, I was also contributing recipes to the Farmers Market website. And the very first recipe I can remember posting was this Springtime Asparagus Tart.

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comI recall trying to come up with a seasonal recipe that would scream spring, and what’s more spring-like than asparagus? While asparagus is definitely a predominant ingredient in this recipe, let’s not allow it to overshadow the other delicious components. First off, there’s the flaky, rich, all-butter pie crust (and if you use my favorite recipe, that crust also happens to be easy to make!), which you fit into a tart pan to make it feel a little fancier than a regular ol’ quiche. Then to fill that crust, you sautee some fresh asparagus and thinly-sliced mushrooms with minced garlic until crisp-tender. Toss that mixture into your pre-baked crust along with shredded Swiss, diced ham (leftover Easter ham works great, but crispy cooked bacon would also be yummy!), fresh parsley, and an egg mixture. Then simply bake it off and, ta-daaaa! You have a scrumptious, beautiful tart, bursting with colors and textures and, oh yeah, vibrant spring veggies.

As with many of the recipes that I cook, my picky middle child is often the barometer of success in my kitchen. And upon eating his slice of asparagus tart a few night ago, his sweet, enthusiastic, 4-year-old voice piped up, “Mama! I suuuuure do enjoy your dinner.”

That, my friends, is called score one for Mama.

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.comI think this tart would be lovely whether you enjoy it for brunch, lunch, or a light supper. It’s excellent warm from the oven, or it’s perfectly tasty at room temperature. And it’s just the thing to balance out all of those Farmers Market cookies. ;)

Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Homemade pastry for single-crust, OR store-bought, 9-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyére OR Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cubed ham
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half OR milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a 13-inch circle. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom; trim edges. Place crust in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove crust from refrigerator and prick all over with a fork. Press foil into bottom and up sides of crust, covering edges. Fill foil with pie weights, dry (uncooked) beans, or dry (uncooked) rice. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove weights and foil and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese (which will melt and create a layer to further prevent crust from getting soggy).
  3. While crust is baking, trim 2 inches from the top of each asparagus spear; set tops aside. Trim 1-inch from the tough ends of the spears and discard. Cut remaining stems into 3/4-inch pieces.
  4. Coat the bottom of a 12-inch skillet with oil and butter and heat over medium-high. Sauté asparagus pieces and mushrooms for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes more or until asparagus is crisp-tender and liquid has evaporated.
  5. Place the asparagus-mushroom mixture, ham, and parsley on top of cheese at bottom of crust. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper; pour into crust. Arrange reserved asparagus tops over egg mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean and edges of crust are light golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

You don't have to pre-bake ("blind bake") the pie crust, but be forewarned that the egg mixture may make it soggy if you don't.

http://www.fivehearthome.com/2014/04/09/springtime-asparagus-tart-with-ham-mushrooms/

More springtime goodies…

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Lemon and White Chocolate Tiramisu Mason Jar Trifles ~ a quick and easy springtime dessert; cute and portable for picnics or parties | FiveHeartHome.comLemon & White Chocolate Tiramisu Mason Jar Trifles

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ a cute way to use up those extra Easter eggs! | FiveHeartHome.comHard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies

Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, and Honey Citrus Vinaigrette ~ a beautiful, delicious salad with vibrant flavors and varied textures | FiveHeartHome.comSpring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, & Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans ~ a delicious spring side dish that would be perfect for Easter | FiveHeartHome.comRoasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.comHoney-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan ~ creamy, decadent corn topped with Parmesan and baked until bubbly | FiveHeartHome.comEasy Creamed Corn with Parmesan

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies ~ mini carrot cake whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting make an easy, hand-held Easter dessert | FiveHeartHome.comCarrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies ~ chocolate coconut macaroon nests topped with Peeps chicks and mini chocolate eggs | FiveHeartHome.comChocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies

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Comments

  1. This looks delicious – all my favorite things in one dish!!! Definitely pinning this recipe to try on the family. (Found you at the weekend re-treat link party.)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Meredith! I’m a big fan of all of these ingredients, too. I hope you enjoy this tart if you have a chance to try it! :)

  2. This looks so good! I will definitely be making this with leftover Easter ham!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Mariah! It’s a great use of leftover ham…and even leftover asparagus, if you’ve got any. :)

  3. I love quiche, any combo is always good and yours looks divine!

  4. Samantha, loving this recipe. I can bet my boys would really enjoy this. The older they get, the better their taste buds get. Strange how that is, isn’t it? So funny you mention about the part of having a bakery but having to start work at the wee hours before the crack of dawn… really is why I shut my idea down, too! I’m a morning person, but that’s a lot of demand! Love how you shared the little story about you! Hope you’re having a fun weekend with your family!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Gloria! I think it’s totally normal for taste buds to become more adventurous with age. I know that’s true for me, even now! It seems like each year I acquire new tastes for foods I didn’t enjoy before. And I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who gave up the dream of a bakery because customers would actually want to buy breakfast items, you know, early in the morning! ;) There’s not enough coffee in Texas for me to get up at 3 a.m. to start baking! :P I’m happy you stopped by and I hope you have a great week ahead!

  5. Samantha, this looks like such a yummy recipe—Thanks for sharing. Great pictures:) Pinning to try. found at monday funday. Have a great week.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Rachel…I appreciate your kind words and the pin, and I’m so glad you hopped over from Monday Funday! Hope your week is going well! :)

  6. This looks delicious, Samantha! Perfect for a spring brunch (like Easter!). Pinned!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Blair! I agree…this would definitely be a tasty addition to a brunch buffet. :) I appreciate you stopping by and pinning! Hope you’re having a great week…

  7. Yum, that sure looks delicious Samantha!! I need to make more tarts, especially healthy ones like this one. :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Lisa! I don’t make tarts often enough either, but every time I do, I wonder what took me so long. ;) Hope your week is going well!

  8. This looks so comforting and satisfying! Just love the flavor combos in this dish. Thanks for sharing another one of your gorgeous dishes at Weekend Potluck. I <3 quiche and order it when eating out when I can. Now I can make my own delicious-ness!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Marsha! I’m always happy to have you stop by. Quiche is one of my favorites as well, and this one is so easy and yummy, you should totally make it at home instead of waiting for your next restaurant outing! ;) Hope you’re having a great week…see you on Friday for Weekend Potluck. :)

  9. Oh Samantha, I should totally stop looking at food in the middle of the night, I’m starving now, ha ha ha! I’d love to have you link this up with me for the Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party, this would make an awesome addition!

    http://mrsthreeinthree.com/2014/04/create-share-diy-recipe-party.html

    -Karly

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Karly…I have the same problem! Pinterest at midnight can be a very bad thing… ;) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  10. Love special brunch tarts and this one with asparagus, garlic and mushrooms sounds like springtime heaven! It will definitely be showing up on my breakfast table after Easter. Thanks for sharing on Lovely Ladies Linky.

  11. Not to be nitpicky but this is a quiche; it is not a tart. A tart is a turnover that has fruits or meats and vegetables in it. It is like a hot pocket.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the enlightenment, David. I make this recipe in a tart pan and I have seen cooking magazines and cookbooks refer to similar recipes as tarts, so I am fine with being historically inaccurate if modern cooks appear to have embraced an updated definition. :)

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