Asparagus Tart with Homemade Ricotta

I first made ricotta cheese at home, after watching Stephen Lee make it on MasterChef. I was in awe! How did he manage to make cheese in a competition?

I remember watching my grandmother make labneh at home, but never thought about doing it myself (lazy millennial? Idk…)

Well, I looked up some ricotta recipes and to my surprise they were fairly simple and I had all the ingredients at home. You will need a cheesecloth (or a nut milk bag), which can be found in most grocery stores.

homemade ricotta cheese

I love asparagus. <3

The asparagus and herb laced ricotta pair perfectly on light, golden puff pastry. I used a store bought pastry, but feel free to make it at home!

Asparagus ricotta tart

On to the recipe:

Asparagus Tart with Homemade Ricotta
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
Ricotta
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon chopped chive
Asparagus
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, whisked
Instructions
Ricotta
  1. In a heavy bottom pot, heat milk, cream and salt until at a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and add in the vinegar.
  3. Allow mixture to curdle.
  4. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and more the mixture over the cheesecloth.
  5. Allow the cheese to drain for 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the lemon zest, fresh dill and chive.
Tart
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place puff pastry on the baking sheet. Prick with a fork, leaving a ½ inch around the entire parameter for the crust.
  4. Brush the crust with the beaten egg.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Prepare a bowl with ice water.
  7. Bring a pot of water to a boil and place the asparagus in the water for one minute.
  8. Remove the asparagus from the boiling water and place in the ice water.
  9. Remove from ice water and pat dry.
  10. Remove the puff pastry from the oven.
  11. Evenly spread the ricotta cheese over the pastry and arrange the asparagus on the tart.
  12. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden.
  14. Enjoy 🙂

 

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IMG_8062 homemade ricotta cheese 

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I had some extra ricotta and puff pastry, so I made this: 

avocado toast with ricotta

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4 Comments

  1. You mentioned cream in the directions but I don’t see cream as part of the ingredients…can’t wait to try this recipe out! Thanks in advance! 😊

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