Asparagus Tart


  • 1-cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 ozs shredded smoked salmon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1-lb fresh asparagus
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Reduced fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounch) finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • Directions

    1. Combine 1-cup flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar; cut in 1/4 cup margarine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over flour mixture; stir with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball; cover and chill 10 minutes.

    2. Roll dough between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap to 12-inch circle. Place in freezer 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be removed easily. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Invert and fit pastry into 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove remaining sheet of plastic wrap. Fold edges under and flute.

    3. Combine eggs and egg whites in a medium bowl; beat well with a whisk. Brush 2 tablespoons egg mixture over crust; set remaining egg mixture aside. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes; cool on wire rack.

    4. Snap off tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a knife or vegetable peeler, if desired. Cut asparagus into 4-5 inch pieces depending on the size of your dish. Steam asparagus, covered, 5 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water. Drain well; set aside.

    5. Add skim milk and remaining ingredients to remaining egg mixture in bowl, and beat well. Arrange smoked salmon in bottom of pre-baked crust. Pour egg mixture over salmon. Arrange steamed asparagus spoke-like in egg mixture, alternating stems and tips. If using a 10-inch quiche dish, bake tart at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted near center of tart comes out clean. If using a regular pie pan, it will bake for about 45-55 minutes.

    Yield: 6 servings

    Calories: 225

    Fat: 9 g

    Sodium: 370 mg

    Fiber: 2.3 g

    CHO: 25 grams

    If you choose to use a store-bought piecrust it will increase the fat per serving to about 11 grams.