Chard Pie

by Daisy

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If this recipe sounds familiar, you may have seen the Zucchini Pie I posted a few weeks back. It follows the same general formula but the featured vegetable this time is my beloved chard.

By the way, when you tell your family what you are cooking, you might want to spell the word chard lest they think you have it in for them and have pre-determined that you’re going to burn their dinner.

Chard Pie

1 single-crust pie crust, like half of this one

1/2 med. onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

8-10 good-sized leaves swiss chard, stems diced, leaves coarsely chopped

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese, your choice

1/2 tsp. salt

generous pinch red pepper flakes

6-8 large fresh basil leaves, chopped

Sliced tomatoes, enough to array the top surface of the pie

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Saute onion, garlic and chard stems in oil until translucent. Add chard leaves and cook briefly until wilted. Remove from heat and cool briefly.

In a medium mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, cheese and salt and pepper.  Add chard/onion mixture.

Pour into prepared, unbaked pie crust.

Lay the tomato slices over the top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees until the crust and the top of the pie are nicely browned, about 35 minutes.

Note: This recipe is easily customized by adding different herbs and spices. One of my favorite variations is a teaspoon of ground cumin added to the onion and garlic, plus a chopped jalapeno or poblano pepper.



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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily August 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

Oh yum! I tried my first tomato pie a couple of weeks ago, now I’ll have to give this a go! Swiss Chard, where have you been all my life?

Teresa August 3, 2009 at 8:44 am

Alas we have no chard, but can’t wait to make your zucchini pie though!

Michelle August 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

The “charred” thing made me laugh…thanks for a kick start first thing on the morning!

Tomato Lady August 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Michelle–I hadn’t thought of it until I was asking my friend if she had ever heard of chard. Her response was, “No. Sounds burnt.” I then realized what people were hearing. . .

lorrwill August 3, 2009 at 9:39 pm

lol on burnt dinner revenge!
I love greens, all of ’em. This looks sooooooooo yummy.

Debbie August 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm

We love chard! Can’t wait to try it!

Tomato Lady August 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Debbie–I hope you like it! Chard rules!

EmilyT August 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I just made this recipe for my dinner – it is so great! I can’t decide if I’m more pleased by the way it tastes, or just the fact that it came out so well! thanks!!!

Tomato Lady August 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

EmilyT–Awesome! I’m so glad it turned out for you!

Chard Lady September 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Gotta love it!

Tomato Lady September 18, 2009 at 12:33 am

Chard Lady–There’s a Chard Lady?! Have to check out your blog!

jill September 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Got me some chard. Got me some cheese. Have me some tomatoes. Gonna skip the crust. Cannot WAIT to try this!

Tomato Lady September 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Jill–Hope you like it!

Jill September 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

Tomato Lady, it was superb! It does not suffer from lack of a crust, either!

Tomato Lady September 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

Jill-Great! Thanks for letting me know!

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