Weekly Menu Planner; Asparagus and Green Garlic Pastry

Still on the Green Garlic kick....

Asparagus and Green Garlic Pastries with Mascarpone

6 asparagus spears, 5" (12.5cm) long
3 green garlic, 2.5" (6cm) long
2 tbs Mascarpone
4 cherry tomatoes
1/2 sheet puff pastry
Chive Vinaigrette

Thaw the puff pastry, if needed. Cut out 2 circles, 6" (15cm) in diameter.  Lay the cut pastry on a baking sheet. Using a table knife, lightly score a line .5" (1.25cm) inside the edge of the pastry.
Trim asparagus to 5" (12.5cm).  Trim green garlic by slicing off root and and removing 1 layer. Trim to 5" (12.5cm), using as much green top as possible.
Bring 1 – 2 inches (5cm) of water to a boil in a skillet large enough to hold the asparagus and garlic in one layer. Add the asparagus and blanch for 2 – 4 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove and refresh in cold water. Blanch green garlic or onions for 2 minutes. Remove and refresh in cold water.
Cut the asparagus in half the short way. Cut the green garlic in half the long way
Slice cherry tomatoes into wedges.
To assemble: Spread Mascarpone on the pastry, out to the scored line.
Laying them like the spokes of a wheel, radiating out from the center: put the asparagus tips at third intervals; put the asparagus ends next to the tips; put the green garlic or onion next. Put one tomato wedge in each 'space'.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 420F (205C) for 10 – 13 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown. Remove and put on plates. Drizzle with Vinaigrette and serve.

Chive Vinaigrette

1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
2 tsp white Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp fresh snipped chives
3 tbs olive oil, the good stuff

Whisk mustard and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly. Add chives, whisk well.

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