Cheat’s asparagus, ham and cheese tart

Cheat’s asparagus, ham and cheese tart
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 15 min to make and 15 min to bake

Behold: our easy ham and cheese tart! Add asparagus, ham and a creamy, cheesy sauce to shop-bought pastry for a quick, easy springtime lunch.

Ingredients

  • 375g pack fresh ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 200g tub light cream cheese with chives
  • 2 large, free-range eggs, 1 beaten
  • 50g gruyère cheese, grated
  • 2 slices cooked ham, chopped
  • 16 asparagus spears, trimmed

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7 and put a baking tray inside to heat up. Unroll the pack of fresh ready-rolled puff pastry and cut into 4 rectangles. Score a 2.5cm border all around the pastry.
  2. In a bowl, mix the light cream cheese with chives with 1 egg, until smooth, then stir in half the gruyère cheese, half the ham and season with black pepper. Spread within the border of each pastry piece.
  3. Arrange 4 asparagus spears lengthways on top of each tart, then brush the pastry borders with the beaten egg.
  4. Scatter the remaining cheese and ham over the tarts, then transfer to the hot baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes, until risen.
  5. Divide between plates and serve with a mixed salad, if you like.

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