Scottish Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart is a delicious combination of smoked salmon, soured cream egg custard, and fresh asparagus spears. Perfect for outdoor summer entertaining serve with a simple salad.
It’s an ideal recipe for summer lunches and picnics and would easily grace a summer buffet at a wedding or other occasion because it’s fairly straightforward to make.
Make a shortcrust pastry case and bake it blind. You can buy the uncooked pastry or even a ready-made pastry case if you are not confident about pastry making or simply don’t have the time.
Use Scottish smoked salmon or another good quality smoked salmon. This gives the tart a delicious smoky, salty taste that makes it so moreish.
Asparagus spears are less expensive this year, supermarkets are stacking them high and selling them cheap, I just hope that doesn’t mean the farmers are struggling to make their profit margins and also that it doesn’t affect the quality.
These spears certainly are very fresh and the woody bottom of the stem broke off with a satisfactory snap!
Make the custard with milk, eggs and a little soured cream. This brings together all the ingredients into a tasty Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart.
Salads to serve with Scottish Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Tart
Chilli Fennel and Walnut Pasta Salad is a really tasty combination of soft pasta pieces and fresh vegetables.
Lemon and Mint Tabbouleh Salad is a fresh and flavourful bulgur wheat salad with tomatoes, mint and parsley, tossed in a garlic and lemon dressing and drizzled with a mint flavoured extra virgin olive oil
Showcase ripe and delicious tomatoes in this simple Tomato Salad with Basil and Garlic.
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Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart
For the pastry case
- 225 g plain all purpose flour
- 110 g butter diced
- 40 g lard or vegetable baking fat diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 whole egg beaten
For the filling
- 200 g Scottish smoked salmon
- 250 g asparagus
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 200 ml soured cream
- 50 ml milk
- ground black pepper
To make the pastry
- Sift the flour into a bowl
- Rub the fats into the flour with your fingertips until they resemble breadcrumbs, or whizz it up in your food processor.
- Add the salt and the beaten egg and mix to a dough, adding a little cold water if necessary. Try not to handle the dough too much as this makes it tough.
- Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- Roll out on a lightly floured work surface and use to line a 28 cm/11 inch loose-bottomed flan tin.
- Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper or foil and fill with baking beans or any raw dried beans.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes.
- Remove the beans and paper and return the pastry case to the oven for 5-10 minutes until lightly coloured.
- Leave to cool .
For the Filling
- Preheat the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas mark 3
- Lay the smoked salmon in the base of the pastry case.
- Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus, simply bend the spear and it will snap off at the right place, lay the asparagus spears across the tart, alternating the direction of the heads.
- Beat the whole egg and egg yolks and add the soured cream and milk and blend together, add a few grinds of black pepper, no salt is required as the smoked salmon is quite salty.
- Place the flan tin onto a baking tray and gently pour the egg and cream mixture into the flan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set.