Take out Tuesday, Swiss Chard Tart

Looking for a light yet satisfying dish for Spring? Try this simple swiss chard tart…if you can chop a vegetable, break an egg, and grate some cheese, you can make this! So easy!

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Confession time~I had never had swiss chard…or cooked it…It is so pretty, and it’s one of my favorite winter plants to use in the garden


HHjr sent me a recipe he wanted to make for us one night because I said I’d get the ingredients. Just ignore the kale, I didn’t end up using that.


The night he was going to make it he had to work late and since I had No Plan B, {very bad planning, but I have been a little busy helping with my new granddaughter these past few weeks} I decided I’d better get things rolling along…


Unfortunately, the recipe was on my iPhone in a text…

normally I would have sent it to my iPad and had a better view, but DD had my iPad {Mom, yours is so much faster than mine~I have an iPad 2 and she has the original, which is now apparently a dinosaur…really?~ Pleeeeeease let me keep it for a little while…How can you refuse a new mom who is up all night with a new baby?} I could have emailed the recipe to my laptop, but I kept thinking HHjr would show up and take over.

What happened to the good old days when cooking was a stained recipe card…and now I can’t seem to make a  simple dish without a house full of Apple products! Are you as technically dependent as I am?  It’s hard to believe that less than ten years ago there was no such thing as an iPhone! How did we survive?



It actually was quite simple! I pre-baked the shell in a tart pan, but use a quiche dish or pie pan, whatever you like


I keep this little ramekin full of white beans on my pantry baking shelf to use as pie weights. Just spread them around on a sheet of foil placed inside your dough form.  I have used these beans for the last year or so, I keep thinking I will buy pie weights but this works just fine!


OK, crust is done and still no HHjr, so on to the next step. NOTE: this tart is very shallow so increase your filling ingredients if you are making this in a deep dish pie pan and add 1 or 2 more eggs.

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Toss the chopped onion and chard stems into  a skillet and cook for about 8-10 minutes until onion starts to brown. Season with S & P.

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Toss in the lemon zest and chopped leaves and cook until they wilt down, sort of like spinach, about 4 minutes.

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This might be pretty for Christmas, all the red and green!

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Drain mixture if necessary. Mix the swiss chard and onions with white Cheddar and add egg, cream and nutmeg.

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Pour it all in your baked shell.  I was using a removable bottom tart pan, which I learned the hard way WILL leak all over your oven if you don’t put a cookie sheet under it.  My pans get alot of abuse  use so they’re not pretty 🙂

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When it was hot out of the oven, I topped it with some freshly shaved Parmesan which melted over the top.

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Dinner was ready! 

This is so easy I am embarrassed I made such a fuss about it! This would be easy to transport for any occassion, a summer picnic or a brunch…Both HH and HHjr, who did finally show up, both had seconds!

Here’s the recipe:


Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust round
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 2 T Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • S & P to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup grated sharp Vermont white Cheddar
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan for topping


  • Bake the pie crust according to package directions.
  • Wash Swiss chard and shake dry. Chop stems into 1/4 inch pieces and slice leaves into ribbons.
  • Heat Olive oil in a skillet over medium high and add onions and chard stems.  Season. Cook until onion is soft and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add lemon zest and chard leaves and cook about 4 minutes, until leaves have wilted, much like spinach.
  • Transfer cooked mixture to a colander and drain.
  • Place mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in Cheddar, cream, egg, nutmeg.
  • Turn into baked shell and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until filling is set.
  • Top with Parmesan immediately when hot out of oven.  Let tart sit for 10 minutes before slicing.  Serves 4 for main dish, 6-8 for a side dish.
Keyword Swiss Chard quiche, Swiss Chard Tart, vegetable pie

Thank you so much for your visit today, I hope you’ll try this Easy Swiss Chard Tart soon!


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7 Responses to “Take out Tuesday, Swiss Chard Tart”
  1. Barbara F. says:

    I love Swiss chard. Usually, I just saute it and sometimes add raisins and pine nuts (pignoli). This tart sounds delicious. I am keeping this recipe. (hard copy – lol). xo

  2. I love anything that I can use my tart pan for♥ How is grandma doing? SO fun being a grandparent isn’t it?

  3. Diane says:

    I’ll have to try this recipe. I’m always looking for new veggie dishes to try. Thanks for the nice comments about my door basket and outdoor photos!

  4. Mary says:

    This sounds and looks delicious Jenna!

    I’m chuckling over the Apple products, so true! They’ll have to pry my iPhone from my cold dead hands one day 🙂 It is amazing how much faster the next generation iPad is than the first if you’re trying to view a lot of images that upload from a blog. My husband traded his newer one for my first generation one with me since I use it differently than he does.

    • I did get my iPad back finally, and you’re right the second one is much quicker than the first…I’m sure my daughter was madly shopping and looking at new clothes for her and the bambino…she does have 2 laptops, and iPhone and the dinosaur iPad so I don’t feel bad about taking it back! Thanks for all your fun comments! Jenna

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