Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Monster Eye Asparagus Tart, cute for a Halloween dinner! Pizzazzerie.com

Say it three times fast. Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart! :) So I’m all about the sugar (I mean, all 3 of my cookbooks are dessert focused) but everyyy once in a long while, I allow a savory recipe to slip through the cracks. Enter this cute Halloween idea! It’s simple to make, oh so delicious, and perfect for a Halloween party. It might even encourage the kids to eat a green vegetable! Haha! It sure made my husband laugh when I served it up for dinner. Thankfully, baby Blakely took a nap long enough for me to snap a few shots…woo-hoo!

Monster Eye Asparagus Tart, cute for a Halloween dinner! Pizzazzerie.com

One of my favorite entertaining recipes is this asparagus gruyere tart. I first made it with my brother in Baton Rouge, LA when I went to visit him while he was in graduate school. One bite, and I was hooked. I’ve been making it for years for everything from an easy weeknight meal to a fancy dinner party. It fits the bill for all occasions. I decided it needed a Halloween twist and got the “lightbulb” idea to add monster eyes! When my daughter (who just turned 6 months – yay) finally went down for a nap, I brought my idea to life and snapped some pictures.

The monster eyes are actually just provolone cheese and capers. I used the back end of one of my frosting tips to create the small circle,s but you could use any small cookie cutter or even a knife to carefully cut out a small circle. Add the capers on and voila! It truly couldn’t be easier. I also think this idea would be delicious and cute on a pizza too. I think I’ll try that out soon! Capers, if you aren’t sure, are actually pickled flower buds that pretty much just taste “salty” to me, which pairs well with the tart. You could also use black olives.

Monster Eye Asparagus Tart, cute for a Halloween dinner! Pizzazzerie.com

Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart

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Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart

This Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart is the perfect Halloween dish to serve at parties or just a weeknight family dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 5 1/2 ounces (roughly 2 cups) gruyere, shredded
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus (roughly 15-20 stalks)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices provolone cheese (or other white cheese)
  • 8-10 capers (or more depending on how many eyes you make)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread out thawed puff pastry sheet on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Use a knife to score the pastry (about 1 inch in from the edge). Use a fork to pierce the inside rectangle roughly ever half inch.
  2. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with gruyere cheese. Alternate stalks back and forth across the tart.
  4. Spray or brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Return to oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Use a small round cutter (I used the back of a piping tip) to cut out 8 small rounds from the provolone slices.
  7. Allow to cool slightly. Place rounds in pairs on the tart. Top with capers as "eyeballs".
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Base Asparagus Gruyere Tart recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

Monster Eye Asparagus Tart, cute for a Halloween dinner! Pizzazzerie.comWho wants to make their own monster eye tart now?! I know you do. :)

I hope you’ll try out this easy and simple idea or share it with a friend. If you’re looking for more Halloween ideas, check out my Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes, Spooky Skull Cocktail, and FREE Halloween Printable Collection!

XOXO,
Courtney

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