Asparagus, Cheddar and bacon tart

Asparagus, Cheddar and bacon tart
Fresh asparagus is one of the best things about spring, and we love it in this simple, cheesy dish
Serves 4  / 
Prep 15 mins  / 
Cook 30 mins

Ingredients

250g Co-op British asparagus, trimmed and sliced lengthways
200g Co-op British bacon lardons
100g light cream cheese
25g Co-op Irresistible Somerset vintage Cheddar, grated
1 clove garlic, crushed
Zest of 1 lemon
375g sheet Co-op ready rolled puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 x 90g bags Co-op mixed leaf salad

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6

Place a tray in the oven

Put the asparagus in a pan and cover with boiling water

Simmer for 1 minute, drain then run under cold water

Set aside on kitchen paper

Fry the bacon lardons until crispy, then drain on kitchen paper

Mix the cream cheese with the Cheddar, garlic and lemon zest, and season to taste

Unroll the pastry and transfer to a sheet of foil

Score a 2cm border around the edge of the pastry, then spread the cheese mixture over the middle

Top with the lardons, then the asparagus

Brush the border with the egg

Put the tart and foil on the hot tray and bake for 20 mins, or until puffed up and golden

Slice into quarters and serve with the salad on the side