Winning weeknight recipe: Swiss chard and leek tart

Tonight, I declared victory over Monday night dinner.

A Sunday trip to the farmers’ market left me with three bunches of seriously epic-looking swiss chard (3 for $5…couldn’t resist) and some leeks. Somewhere in the back of my mind visions of Smitten Kitchen and Martha’s chard and leek tarts were dancing so I picked up some goat cheese and thawed the puff pastry that’s been neglected in the back of the freezer. But then today the thought of a rich, creamy, quichey thing just didn’t sound all that great, so I improvised.

This is what happened:

Sliced and washed the leeks

And the chard

Sauteed the leeks in 1 tbsp of butter with some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Added the chard and cooked it all way way down to a soft, delicious, yummy combo that I had a hard time not eating straight from the pan.

Spread puff pastry into a half sheet pan

Stretched one sheet of puff pastry to fit a half sheet pan and created a pretty edge. Popped it into a 400 degree oven — where the pretty edge promptly collapsed and the whole thing shrunk a bit — and par baked it until it was just a bit brown on top and around the edges.

Topped the par-baked crust with the chard and leeks and then topped that with 2 oz goat cheese.

Tart, pre-oven

Jacked the oven to 450 and baked the tart for about 20 minutes until it was nice and crispy and the cheese was soft and browned. While it baked, I fried a couple of eggs and then the whole thing came together like this:

This is what victory looks like

And the best part is having half of the tart left over for breakfast later this week. Happy sigh.

Update: next time with bacon.

Update #2: Yes, I’m on a first name basis with Martha.


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2 comments on “Winning weeknight recipe: Swiss chard and leek tart
  1. erlthegirl says:


  2. […] Posted May 11, 2011 by emilye in recipe. Leave a Comment Loyal readers of this (oft-neglected) blog will remember how much I love to declare victory over weeknight dinners. […]

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