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Charred Asparagus Tart with Butter Bean and Baby Leeks

Super easy recipe for charred asparagus, baby leeks and butter bean tart made with puff pastry. Packed with all delicious Spring greens!

Course Snack
Vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
670 kcal
Author Anna

Ingredients

  • 320 g ready- rolled puff pastry
  • 300 g fresh asparugus (woody ends trimmed)
  • 200 g baby leeks
  • 200 g peas
  • 50 g pea shoots
  • 1 small handful of toasted pine nuts
  • 200 g vegan mozzarella (optional)

For the filling:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for griddling)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 small garlic clove (crushed)
  • 300 g butter beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tsp dried sumac
  • 1/2 medium lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley or corriander (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 200 C. Unroll the puff pastry into a baking sheet and using small, sharp knife, score a rectangle onto the pastry, leaving about 2 cm boarder (you can score the boarder to make a pattern).

  2. Brush the boarder with some nut milk (or beaten egg yolk if not vegan) and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

  3. In a medium pan, boil some water and cook asparagus and baby leeks for a couple of minutes. Take them out and cool under cold, running water. Set aside on a paper towel. Add the peas to the boiling water and cook for couple of minutes, remove from the water and cool down under running tap. Set aside on a paper towel.

To make the filling:

  1. Heat some oil in a saucepan and cook the onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes, remove from the heat.

  2. Put the onion and garlic in the food processor, add beans, sumac, lemon juice and zest, tahini, half the herbs and oil. Add pinch of salt and pepper and whizz to a puree.

  3. Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot, add a little oil, asparagus and leeks. Char for 5- 8 minutes until the veg are cooked through and have sear marks all over.

  4. To assemble the tart, push the middle of the rectangle of the pastry down, leaving the raised boarder. Spoon the butter bean puree to the centre and smooth it all over the base. Top with charred asparagus and baby leeks, peas and pea shoots, some toasted pine nuts and mozzarella (if using). Garnish with a pinch of sumac and remaining herbs.

Recipe Notes

You can find the recipe for Vegan Mozzarella here