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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 5 / 5 (1 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
25 min
Serves:
4

Fresh asparagus, peppery watercress and crisp puff pastry make a fabulous combination in this winning recipe from Merrilees Parker

Method

1. Set the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Make the pesto by placing the watercress, lemon juice and olive oil in a blender and whizzing until smooth. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper and then fold in the Parmesan.

3. Roll out the pasty to a thickness of 4mm and then cut into four 23x17cm rectangles. Brush each one generously with the watercress pesto, leaving a border of 2cm all around. Top each with five asparagus spears and sprinkle with a tablespoon of Parmesan.

4. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

5. Just before serving, dress the remaining watercress with the olive oil, balsamic and plenty of seasoning.

6. Place a tart in the centre of each of four serving plates. Top with a handful of watercress and finish with a drizzle of pesto.

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