If you can’t get goat’s curd use a soft, creamy mild goat’s cheese instead.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes
Four as a light meal with salad
- 15g butter
- 1 large onion, very finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 x 325g pack ready-rolled puff pastry (I use Dorset Pastry)
- 365g slender asparagus spears
- Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
- 6 radishes, preferably multi coloured, sliced very finely
- Small handful of pea shoots, small watercress leaves or other baby leaves
- 150 goat’s curd a few edible flowers (preferably blue, white or mauve)
- Preheat the oven to 200C/190C fan*/gas mark 6.
- Heat the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion with a pinch of salt over a medium-low heat until very soft but not coloured. Add a splash of water (about half a tablespoon) every so often to keep it moist.
- Add the garlic and mint and cook for a few minutes.
- Lay the pastry on a large metal baking sheet. Using the tip of a knife score a 1½cm border all the way round, without cutting right through the pastry. Prick the rest of the pastry with a fork and ‘knock up’ the sides (gently tap the cut edges with a knife held horizontally). Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and press down the centre if it has puffed up.
- Spread the onion over the pastry and return to the oven. Cook for another 15 minutes until golden.
- Meanwhile trim off the woody ends of each asparagus spear. Either steam, or cook in a covered saucepan with the stalks in about 5cm water and the rest of the spears leaning up against the side of the pan. Cook until they are just tender, 4-6 minutes. Put into a broad bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season, ensuring that each stalk gets properly coated).
- Arrange the asparagus on the puff pastry along with the radishes, pea shoots or baby leaves, some nuggets of goat’s curd and the flowers. Season all over.
- Drizzle with a little more extra virgin olive oil and serve.
*Diana’s conversion may differ slightly from the standard