21 June 2010

Kitchen adventures: Asparagus tart with prosciutto and Parmesan

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

This week’s kitchen lesson can be spelled out with K-I-S-S. Keep it simple stupid.

I have a tendency to make a big production about things. From travel to errands to recipes. I want it to be perfect and precise and, well a production.

So this week, I decided to keep it simple, finally!

Just because I’m cooking, that doesn’t mean I have to go crazy with recipes because having a good foundation is the best way to not only learn, but also move on to the next step.

So I decided to give it a try with a recipe from Maris, Asparagus tart with prosciutto and Parmesan. I love prosciutto (a lot) and asparagus’ season is coming to a close to this is timely and seasonal!

Close up – Food photography WIN!

Full pan – still delicious looking


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces prosciutto
  • 16 asparagus spears (about a pound; you can use more or less if desired), rinsed and thick stems removed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (if using a different brand of puff pastry, preheat according to directions on box). Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions (usually 40 minutes)

2. Once thawed, place the puff pastry on a floured surface and roll to fit the cookie sheet (traditionally 15″ long) and transfer the puff pastry to the sheet

3. Slice prosciutto into thin strips or lay full pieces and arrange on pastry. Line the asparagus on top of the prosciutto. Scatter the Parmesan cheese on top of the asparagus and drizzle with the olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper

4. Bake for about 20 minutes until the pastry dough has puffed and brown and asparagus is roasted and cooked through

Verdict: There was a party in my mouth and the soundtrack was Gaga

Holy sh*tballs this was amazing. After last week’s disappointment, I was really nervous but this was so insanely delicious and easy to make. I am so glad I scattered the cheese the way I did because I got a variety of flavors in each bite. Some had Parmesan, some had prosciutto, Parmesan and asparagus and some just had prosciutto and asparagus and each bite was delicious. The salt added a lot but can be easily overdone so watch how much you put on.

So it turns out that me trying to keep it simple gave me a great recipe for this week and the urge to make it again when I have guests. I wonder when company is coming over? :)

Are you able to keep it simple in the kitchen? Do you love prosciutto or asparagus?


  1. TC says:

    Wow, this looks AMAZEBALLS!! Asparagus was on super sale at Jewel today, so I think that I will need to go back for the other ingredients and try this out :)

  2. Grace says:

    mmmmm…. I love asparagus. I’ll have to try this.

  3. Sarah says:

    holy crap….passing this along to Steve….will report back on the the results! :)

  4. Mindy says:

    I’m new to eating asparagus, so I can’t promise I’ll try this one, but you can definitely see your skill level and use of ingredients increasing. Yay for progress!

  5. I am currently having a love affair with puff pastry. Maybe when you’re here this weekend, we will love on puff pastry together.

    Is this too dirty? Do we care? Is there ever “too dirty” when it comes to loving on puff pastry?

  6. katelin says:

    this looks all sorts of delicious, i love absolutely all of those ingredients, yum!

  7. Lil' Woman says:

    I was a little unsure at first but I would probably try this..it looks pretty yummy!

  8. Kate says:

    I live for simple recipes! The only time I can be bothered to make something involving a lot of work is if it makes a lot of leftovers that I can bring to work for lunches.

  9. Wow! Looks delish.

  10. Megkathleen says:

    This looks delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe!

  11. That looks BEYOND yummy and beyond easy! 2 important (i.e. necessary) qualities of recipes I try :) Bookmarking!

  12. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!! And my BF loves prosciutto (and I love asparagus). This recipe may get me the ring LOL!!

  13. that is a great simple recipe!!! i shall have to try it, it’s officially bookmarked. ha.

  14. oh YUM! I need to make these–I’ve never actually worked with puff pastry before!

    If you love proscuitto you should try these pears–to die for! http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/06/prosciutto-wrapped-pears-with-blue.html

  15. mandy says:

    I am a huge fan of keeping it simple. I dont like long drawn out recipes with a bunch of steps that are time consuming to make. This looks delicious and I’m so glad that it turned out for you!

    PS Have fun on your vacation!

  16. LiLu says:

    Dinner tonight?! Yes, yes I think so. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  17. L.C.T. says:

    Ooooh this one looks good. Might just have to try it!

  18. I looooove asparagus! Jason will only eat a little at a time, so I try to not make it more than once a week. I keep finding new ways to make it, though, so I have a ton of links saved and pages marked in my cookbooks. Asparagus is one of my “simple” things to cook, but it makes every meal so much better.

  19. Maki says:

    You know what??? This could be my favorite recipe!!! My favorite asparagus and prosciutto. I’m drooling over here!


  20. AshleyD says:

    Oh I’m so glad you made this and loved it! I saw it on Maris’ blog and wanted to try it, but wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Now it’s definitely on my list! :)

  21. lbluca77 says:

    My keeping it simple in the kitchen is basically a PB&J or ordering a pizza, but this does look yummy. I love asparagus, especially grilled with garlic. Or even fresh asparagus with salt and pepper and vinegar. So good.

  22. Stevie says:

    YUM. Some of the world’s greatest flavors in this recipe! I’ll be trying this very soon.

    I’ve definitely learned to keep it simple. I didn’t used to be that way, though. I wanted to try the most time consuming, labor intensive recipes because I felt it would make me a better cook. But I discovered that my simpler recipes taste better, are better received by friends and they’re easier!

  23. RondaMarie says:

    I am definitely going to try this, I love prosciutto and I’m on the verge of loving asparagus. I may try it with a crescent roll crust instead of the puff pastry.