Thursday, July 17, 2008

top three!


change the title to 11 best foods you ARE eating and give yourself a pat on the back. here you are: chard, cabbage, and beets!

and a few quick suggestions for you on cooking with these three.

1) cabbage: make kraut. you get the benefits of the cabbage PLUS the benefits of the organisms you cultivate in your own kitchen. sandorkraut has a great tutorial. mixing red and green cabbage together makes for gorgeous pink kraut. i recommend throwing in slices of garlic for its anti-inflammatory, potential heart health contributions, manganese and selenium.

2) beets: grate and toss with plain yogurt, mint, lemon juice, and salt/pepper for a tasty lunch.

3) chard: affectionately termed "chard-y pie" by friends, this stuff is amazing! i'd recommend kicking up the amount of chard in the filling (and feel free to throw in kale, beet greens, onion tops, etc). enjoy!

Swiss Chard Tart with a Potato Crust (from Stonewall Kitchen's cookbook "Harvest")
This tart makes two. If you want to save one for another day, cook them both in the oven, and store the second one in the fridge to reheat for dinner later in the week.

1 ½ lbs Swiss chard, stems trimmed and leaves washed and coarsely chopped
¼ c. plus 2 Tbs. olive oil
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
2 large potatoes
3 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 heaping c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
2 c. ricotta

1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook chard and garlic (half first, then the other half), stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring until the chard is just tender. Blot excess liquid with a paper towel and let cool.
2. To make the crust, slice the potatoes very thinly. Create a thin layer of the potato slices on the bottom and the sides of two pie plates, slightly overlapping them to make a solid “crust”. Drizzle 2 Tbs. of oil over each crust, swirling the pan slightly so the oil drips to the bottom. Sprinkle each crust with ½ tsp. thyme, some salt and pepper, and a heaping ¼ c. of Parmesan.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk eggs in a large bowl and whisk in the ricotta, the remaining 2 tsp. thyme, and the remaining ½ c. Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooled sautéed chard and mix well. Divide the filling between the two crusts and press down lightly.
4. Bake the tart for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes. The potato curst should turn brown and crisp, and the filling should feel solid and firm when gently touched. Let cool about 5 minutes.

be well!

1 comment:

Sorina said...

Dana, I've always wanted a recipe for a veggie tart without the traditional buttery crust. Thank so much. I'll try your recipe this weekend.