Swiss Chard Pie

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Get ready to indulge in a savory culinary masterpiece with our delectable Swiss Chard Pie recipe. This mouthwatering dish is a celebration of fresh, vibrant Swiss chard combined with a symphony of flavorful ingredients, all enveloped in a flaky, golden crust. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a culinary enthusiast, this pie is a perfect addition to your repertoire. Join us as we embark on a journey into the world of hearty and comforting cuisine, exploring the delightful flavors of Swiss chard and creating a dish that’s both satisfying and soul-nourishing.

Swiss Chard Pie, also known as “Torta di Bietole” in Italian or “Spanakopita” in Greek, is a savory and wholesome dish with a rich cultural history. While its exact origin is challenging to pinpoint, this type of savory pie has been enjoyed across various Mediterranean and European regions for centuries.

  • Swiss chard, with its dark green leaves and colorful stems, has been cultivated in the Mediterranean for thousands of years and is a staple ingredient in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
  • The practice of making savory pies filled with leafy greens and herbs can be traced back to ancient times when these ingredients were readily available and used in local cooking.
  • Different regions have their variations of Swiss Chard Pie, each with its unique blend of flavors and ingredients.

Swiss Chard Pie is a testament to the timeless appeal of savory pies in Mediterranean and European culinary traditions, combining the earthy flavors of greens with the richness of cheese and pastry.

Swiss Chard Pie

Swiss Chard Pie is a versatile and comforting dish that showcases the earthy flavors of Swiss chard, complemented by the richness of cheeses and aromatic herbs. This pie is a celebration of the bountiful harvest of greens, harmonizing their essence with the indulgence of a buttery crust. With every bite, you'll experience a symphony of textures and flavors that speak to the heart of comfort food. Whether served as a main course or a delightful side dish, Swiss Chard Pie is a true embodiment of rustic elegance.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 40 mins Rest Time 15 mins Total Time 1 hr 25 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 6 Calories: 409.17 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

For the Crust:

For the Filling:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt for the crust.

  2. Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent.

  5. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

  6. Add chopped Swiss chard leaves to the skillet and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and let cool.

  7. In a mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, feta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

  8. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

  9. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie dish. Carefully transfer the dough to the pie dish and trim any excess.

  10. Spread the cooled Swiss chard mixture evenly over the pie crust.

  11. Pour the cheese and egg mixture over the Swiss chard.

  12. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.

  13. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 409.17kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27.98g44%
Saturated Fat 15.42g78%
Trans Fat 0.15g
Cholesterol 165.24mg56%
Sodium 697.29mg30%
Potassium 391.3mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 26.86g9%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugars 1.21g
Protein 13.29g27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.

Note

Tips and Variations:
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as goat cheese or fontina, to create your own unique flavor profile.
  • Add a handful of chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or dill, to enhance the herbal notes in the filling.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve the Swiss Chard Pie with a side salad of mixed greens or roasted vegetables for a well-rounded meal.
Allergen Information:
  • Swiss Chard Pie can contain allergens based on the specific ingredients used. Common allergens to be aware of include dairy (from cheese and butter), gluten (from the pastry or crust), and nuts if used in the recipe. Individuals with allergies or dietary restrictions should choose allergen-free alternatives as needed.
Wine or Drink Pairing:
  • This savory pie pairs wonderfully with a variety of beverages, depending on regional variations and personal preferences. In Greece, for example, it might be enjoyed with a glass of white wine, like Assyrtiko or Retsina. In Italy, a light Pinot Grigio or Chianti could complement the flavors.
  • For non-alcoholic options, consider serving it with sparkling water or a citrus-infused herbal tea to cleanse the palate between bites.
Storage and Leftovers:
  • Swiss Chard Pie can be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, for up to 3-4 days. Ensure it has cooled completely before refrigerating.
  • Reheat individual slices in the oven or microwave until heated through. To maintain the pastry's crispness, use a toaster oven or regular oven to warm it.
  • Leftover pie can also be enjoyed cold as a quick and satisfying snack or repurposed as a filling for sandwiches or wraps, ensuring that every delicious bite is savored.
Keywords: Swiss Chard Pie, Savory Pie, Comfort Food, Vegetarian, Hearty, Flavorful

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