Roasted Asparagus and Leek Tarts

Roasted Asparagus and Leek Tarts
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  1. 1 leek, trimmed, cleaned, and thinly sliced (see note)
  2. 1 cup chopped fresh asparagus
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  6. ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  7. 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  8. 1¹⁄³ cups heavy whipping cream
  9. 1 large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine leek, next 3 ingredients, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Arrange in a single layer on prepared pan. Bake until vegetables are tender and begin to caramelize, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, stack both sheets of puff pastry, and roll to a 12-inch square. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut 12 rounds of pastry. Press pastry into bottom and up sides of muffin cups. Divide roasted vegetables among pastry. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream, egg, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour cream mixture over vegetables.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until centers are set.
  1. To clean leeks, cut off root end and tough, dark-green portion of leaves. Halve the stalk lengthwise, and rinse under cool running water, separating layers to remove grit and sand. Thinly slice the white and light-green parts crosswise.
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