Asparagus & Feta Puff Pastry Tarts - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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I’m having major deja vu about saying this, but our Spring seems to be hiding.


I’ve been hard on myself in the past about talking about the weather in too many posts, but this time I feel like it’s warranted because I woke up on April 1st/Easter Sunday/April Fool’s Day to see huge fat snowflakes coming down outside my window. And if that just happened to be a fluke in out town, I’d probably not mention it, but then I heard from some of you guys that it’s been snowing all over the country. My sister and her husband were driving through some snow in the Midwest yesterday and I just saw a news report about New York getting a bunch.

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I think everyone’s having a bit too much fun saying that it’s nature’s April fool’s prank to us. I mean, who needs a white Christmas when you can a white Easter? Clearly 2018 didn’t get the memo about global warming.

Not only that but it’s been pretty much the same weather since Sunday so that’s exciting. Maybe it really was just a little joke from nature and now we’re in for a perfect rest of the season but with it continuing to snow it’s hard to imagine. I hesitate to say it’s going to be warm now, but I think it just might.


And speaking of Spring things, somehow my 9 and a half year old little sister talked my parents into agreeing to a few ducks for our backyard. Of course, many other people must have been excited to get ducklings right now because my parents weren’t able to find any available so we ended up with some baby chicks. Six of them actually and they’re too small and too similar to be named yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they’re older and large enough to tell apart. I’ll keep you updated on the naming situation.


A few years ago when we had our little family farm experiment I remember moments of being sure I’d never want chickens in the future, but I have to admit I really miss having the fresh eggs and another nice thing is being able to feed them some of the kitchen scraps that would otherwise go to waste. Guys, not that we feed them just anything, but from past experience I’m pretty sure chickens will eat basically everything in front of them.


Sorry, I’ll get to the point of this post eventually. So these tarts are super easy my friends. Ever since moving back to the States I tend to forget about how many things and conveniences are available. Puff pastry, for example, is one of them. I picked some up recently and when I was recipe planning for this week I just knew I wanted to try a Springtime appetizer with some seasonal produce.


To me, there’s hardly any veggies that say Spring better than asparagus and radishes. I also love the bright color combination they have and how beautiful they finish off these tarts. So yeah, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to prepare for an upcoming brunch-eon or picnic I’d say you’ve found it. They take right around 45 minutes from start to finish but they come out of the oven looking so perfect they’ll be sure to convince the guests you’ve spent hours on them.


Asparagus & Feta Puff Pastry Tarts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12 tarts

A perfect Springtime appetizer to share with friends and family throughout the season. Think how pretty they'd be at a picnic!


1 of a 17.3-ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed


1 bunch of fresh asparagus (about 20 spears), trimmed
1 cup fresh radishes, stems cut
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 ounces feta cheese crumbles
36 fresh raspberries or semi-sweet chocolate pieces


Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Unfold one of the pastry sheets and roll into a rectangle that's about 18x9-inches. Cut into 6 smaller rectangles (6x3inch) and prick the centers of the pastries with a fork. Repeat with second sheet.
Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces and thinly slice the radishes. Place them in a medium bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir together the softened cream cheese with the egg and another teaspoon lemon juice. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spoon the cream mixture onto the cut pastry rectangles (about 2 tablespoons each), leaving about 3/4-inch of border and top them with a few pieces of the radish and asparagus mixture. Fold up the four edges of each tart and line a baking tray with parchment or silicone pads.
Heat the oven to 375°F and place them on your baking tray. Place the tray and sprinkle the feta on the top of each then place in the freezer to chill while your oven heats (at least 10 minutes).
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool in the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes.

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I think this is one of the finest meal for all age groups.

exactly, you can make different toppings for different groups with different tastes.

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unique stuffing

Yeah indeed it is,
Most especially I like the instructions and steps of making these delicious 😋 and yummy recipes

mom mom used to make stuffing and we would take it to these old bakeries with cobblestone ovens and I'd watch the bakers make pies with them and bake them with fresh fire. I'm getting hungry now. ^__^

what kind of stuffing recipes you have for pastries? I'm curious.

what kind of stuffing recipes you have for pastries? I'm curious.

cabbage and sausage stuffed puff pastry are my favorite stuffings though,
What kind of stuffing do mummy use @donutboy?

ew, sausage is gross.

mom used to make two kinds, my favorite was the spinach one. seems you don't really like sausage stuffings...!
Mommy's boy loves spinach stuffings :D
although I've never tasted that before but I'll be going out in search for that in my city soon.... ☺

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mom mom used to make stuffing and we would take it to these old bakeries with cobblestone ovens and I'd watch the bakers make pies with them and bake them with fresh fire

Very very yummy 😋, mom knows how to make the good stuffs they're always the best.

some of my cousin's moms are terrible to be honest.

I can't wait until I am a good mommy though!

Oh @donutboy wants to be a good (mommy) that's lovely
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Same thing happened here in Finland too, it just started snowing out of nowhere. But hey, spring is there somewhere, hope it reveals itself soon :)

I hope so for you as well. My parents have a good friend that recently moved to Finland. Who knows, maybe I'll make it there soon

Beautiful .. looks delicious
Well done .. a wonderful recipe from you
Thanks for sharing

Honestly, it looks so yummy!
It somehow looks like pizza, I will try this at home and hope i can imitate the taste.

Very much with the color

I have confidence you can pull it off, best wishes!

Wow! This looks amazing! I've always wondered how they make puff pastry tarts and now I know. It's actually pretty simple since the dough is store-bought. Will try.

I do hope that you give it a try @victoriacalloway, I know you'll be successful


wow that's really delicious and awesomeness looks pretty amazing

thanks so much for all of your support @blazing

Great work as always, we were just saying how most of our best friends are either veggie or vegan, the sous vide doesn't really lend it's-self to either so this ones super useful to have in the bag! I'm with you on the cold spring/warm summer thing. Last year we had a lovely spring here in the UK then April, May and June were pretty cold and rubbish! I think the terrible Feb/March and snow on the 2nd of April (must have been later over here!) must mean that it's going to get AWESOME this summer! Our snow was all gone 24 hours after it arrived, it's rainy now but the temperatures rising!

I still haven't obtained my sous vide yet, but I'm seriously thinking about it.

It actually snowed here yesterday, it's crazy. But I know the Spring in all it's glory is on the way.

Thanks so much for the great commenting @skiesandsports

In Russia this year Easter is on 8. April. You not gonna believe this, today I was lucky, because on the street is the real spring! Today the sun shone brightly, the snow was melting and puddles everywhere, and so warm, that you can walk without a hat!
I really like the look of tarts, they look like small boats) I wish you a speedy onset of this warm spring!

it's always interesting to me that you guys celebrate the holidays at different dates. So glad you got some sun. Thanks so much for all of the support @naditinkoff

as always, Delicious food 😍😋😋

you always so kind and supportive, thanks so much @gwenbyyy

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the pictures look very yummy I hope after preparation ia fell the same

I hope so too @teenovision, thanks so much for commenting

Seems simple enough and very healthy! going to do some shopping tomorrow and try this recipe soon!

please let me know how it turns out for you, send me a pic or two, or better yet, make your own post about it

oh wow, i have to try this!

I do hope you give it a try @pivi

wow looks amazing and delicious :P

thank you for the compliment

It looks good. It should be delicious, and it looks like pizza. You bake for just the right time. Delicious food in spring is very tempting这东西看起开真不错,应该很好吃,而且看起来特别像披萨,你烘焙的时间恰到好处,春天里得美食,很诱人。

OMG! These tarts looks amazing! My mouth is watering! Have a wonderful day :)

Looking delicious & we can make this dish as breakfast use and peoples who have fat intolerant what is your opinion for those @gringalicious I think ginger is present in this recipe & those peoples should consume freely without tension am I right?

Feta is so good cooked, like on pizza and stuff...

I totally agree

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Wow how interesting!
Keep up the good work!

thanks so much for taking the time to comment

Definitely, a recipe that I am going to try, I had never thought of eating the asparagus that way

Great job @gringalicious, KEEP IT UP!

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I am down! Hook me up..that bread looks just Right! Awesome @gringalicious

I can't wait to try this myself. If it's okay with you though, I might leave the asparagus off. They look amazing, thanks so much for sharing


Thanks for the compliment @freerunner!

wow..looking so tasty food..dear..and nice capture..

The dish is looking so beautiful and it had made my mouth watery.
What a easily explained recipe dear.
loved your work and explanation.
have a great day ahead.

I hope your day and week are great as well, thanks so much for commenting

hope so!and your most welcome dear.

Interesting recipe I should cook it and taste it :)

Thanks for the post with helpful information.

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if seen from this article is very good and easy enough to make it, I feel like to make it at home...

I do hope you give it a try, thanks so much for commentign @bayhaqi

Looking delicious and healthy!

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Those look really delicious and yummy. Great post though! Thanks for the recipe and thanks for sharing :)

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Ohhh! These tarts looks so amazing! And so easy to make them! It’s good idea .
Good appetite!

thanks so much for your daily support @creativewoman

They look easy and good! I love asparagus.

Yummy!!!! I love the look of these. And i love that they Are vegetarian too.

totally vegetarian, you're right. They were so good, I even got my Dad to eat a couple. thanks so much for all of your support @susanne

How'd you know asparagus is my favorite lol looks mouth watering, so glad I found your awesome page! ❤

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Happy afternoon

Sounds like a delicious combo. :)

I officially feel much much better about bailing on Puerto Montt/Varas after reading this blog post! Cold weather is a drag. But really, snow? still in April? Uggh. I couldn't even take 50 degrees! lol

That is so awesome that you guys all live together and are growing the family. Six baby chicks! Nice! Looking forward to those names.

I'm still soaking up the sunshine here in Santiago. This place is growing on me. Hasta proximo vez Gringa! Chow :)

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Wow! delicious food........./////////

Looks amazing and delicious 😊

thanks so much for the kind words

Yum! Nice recipe and post!

I think if I cooked these, I'd probably end up eating them all by myself. LOL
I like the idea of the radish as a part of this recipe.

Nice post, lovely photos

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Hi, greeting from Malaysia. In love with this food art. 😘 look like a pizza but in a healthy way, I guess.

these so flakey and savory, simply amazing!!

it looks like a great scone,
and very beautiful as a photo!

I love your combination of ingredients and your pictures, they are just stunning

Looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!

Oooopphh those look delicious and so easy to make! Gotta try that out soon, I love savoury puff pastries!

Guess you got fooled on April fool day.. 😂 lol

You have made a good asparagus & feta puff pastry tarts recipe for us today again. I wish where am staying is not far from your place, I guess I will be spending most of my time eaten at your place. Lol!

Thanks for sharing.

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WOW! Asparagus tarts..I love it..the season just began..i picked a few wild ones myself yesterday at Slovenian coast..will try to recreate your masterpiece..thanks for the idea :)

wild ones, that's awesome. I must admit, I have never had wild, I gotta try it sometime. I do hope you give the recipe a try, thanks so much for commenting

I can already imagine a dinner party with this pastry tarts!

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