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Escargot Tart with Asiago Cheese

No recipe image available.Puff pastry tarts with sautéed jumbo snails and strips of leek baked in a cream, egg and asiago cheese mixture and served with a buttery wine sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 of a 17.5-ounce package (1 sheet) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 leek
Unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups whipping cream - divided use
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Wisconsin Asiago cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 (7-ounce) cans jumbo snails, drained, rinsed
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced parsley
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 shallot, minced
White pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Roll pastry to 11-inch square; cut into quarters. Fit into four lightly greased 4 1/2-inch tart pans.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5 minutes; set aside.
  3. Cut white part of leek into strips. Sauté in 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
  4. Combine 1 cup whipping cream, eggs, cheese, salt and black pepper; mix well. Set aside.
  5. Sauté snails, garlic and parsley in 2 tablespoons butter for 5 minutes. Place tart shells on cookie sheet. Fill each with 6 snails, 1/4 leek mixture and 1/4 cream mixture.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 20 to 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, combine wine and shallots in saucepan; simmer until wine has evaporated. Add 1/4 cup whipping cream; cook over high heat until cream reduces by half, about 3 minutes.
  8. Gradually whisk in 3/4 cup butter, cut into pats. Strain; season to taste.
  9. To serve, place tart on salad plate; surround with 3 tablespoons butter mixture.

Makes 4 servings.

Variation: Substitute ungreased 9-inch pie plate for tart pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.