Swiss Chard Tart Swiss Chard Tart

Author: Canadian Living

Feta, mint and Swiss chard meld into a tasty trio. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature as a brunch tart or vegetarian main course.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2007


  • 1 Swiss chard (about 1 lb/500 g)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced(about 1-1/2 cups/375 mL)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup 10% cream
  • 3 oz feta cheese crumbled (about 3/4 cup/175 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ice water


Pastry: In bowl, mix flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture is in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. In liquid measure, beat egg yolk with lemon juice; mix in enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Drizzle over dry ingredients, stirring briskly with fork until ragged dough forms. Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness; fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim edge to 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang; fold overhang under and flute edge. Prick shell all over. Line with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven for 15 minutes. Remove weights and foil; bake until evenly golden, 10 minutes longer. Let cool on rack.

Cut off Swiss chard stems; discard or save for another use (see Braised Greens with Garlic). In pot of boiling salted water, cook leaves until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and chill in cold water; drain again and squeeze dry. Chop leaves; set aside.

In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry green onions until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in Swiss chard, mint, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In separate bowl, beat together eggs, mascarpone and cream until smooth; stir in Swiss chard mixture and half of the feta. Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining feta.

Bake tart in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until filling is set and golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges. (Make-ahead: Let tart stand for up to 4 hours. Or cover and refrigerate tart for up to 24 hours; let come to room temperature before serving.)

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 607 mg
  • Protein 10 g
  • Calories 415.0
  • Total fat 32 g
  • Cholesterol 203 mg
  • Saturated fat 19 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g


  • Iron 21.0
  • Folate 36.0
  • Calcium 14.0
  • Vitamin A 36.0
  • Vitamin C 17.0
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