Manchego, chorizo and asparagus tarts

A few weeks ago, Al's mum found mouth watering photos of flaky puff pastry topped with cheese and chorizo on a Tesco food magazine, which of course she shared with me. I did not think twice about saying I would make this for her one weekend, despite not having ever worked with puff pastry before. Unsurprisingly I did not make my own puff pastry - flashbacks of failed puff as seen on GBBO have scarred me for life. I adapted the recipe, which obviously means I made it more indulgent than recommended in the original.

 'ALLO 'ALLO!

'ALLO 'ALLO!

To make 6 (which serves 3), you will need:
1 x 320g pack puff pastry
2 tsp milk
100g chorizo, thickly sliced (I got mine freshly sliced from my local Waitrose delicatessen)
100g asparagus tips, each cut into 3
6tbsp soft cheese
90g Manchego Viejo, finely grated

 

 

 Manchegonomnomnomnom

Manchegonomnomnomnom

 

Preheat your oven to 220ºc (200ºc if fan). Then, unroll the pastry out of its box and cut six 4.5in squares. Mark a border 1/2in from the edges, and score the middle of the pastry. Place the squares on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake it for 10 minutes or until puffed up.

Put a pan on full whack, and dry fry the chorizo slices for approximately 3 minutes (or until crisp), turning once. Remove the chorizo from the pan and drain on some kitchen towel. Place the asparagus in the pan for a minute or so.

Flatten the pastry centres, then a tablespoon of soft cheese on each of these. Divide the asparagus and chorizo equally onto each square, and finish off by topping with a generous amount of manchego.

 

 Tips cut into three

Tips cut into three

 Pastry cases

Pastry cases

 Chorizo dry frying

Chorizo dry frying

Place it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until crisp and brown. Afterwards, plate it up - I suggest 2 tarts per person if you're having it as a main. These may look small but they're I guarantee that they're incredibly filling, and best paired with a cold fizzy drink (your choice: sparkling water, Diet Coke, Prosecco... the list goes on)!

 Cheesy, smoky goodness

Cheesy, smoky goodness

This has got to be one of the most indulgent things I've ever made to date - sooooo simple yet sooooooooo good.

Hungry for more,
The Academicook