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Leek and Swiss Chard Tart


Beet greens, collard greens, or even kale are good substitutes for Swiss chard.

  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch tart; serves 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009


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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well (4 to 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and ribs discarded, leaves shredded (4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/3 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese


  1. Turn out pate brisee onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Press dough into bottom and up sides of a 10-inch springform pan with a removable bottom. Using a paring knife, trim dough to form 1 1/2- to 2-inch-high sides. Transfer to refrigerator, and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line dough with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edge just begins to turn golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove parchment and pie weights. Bake until pale gold, about 15 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add leeks, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add wine and Swiss chard leaves, and cook until liquid has evaporated and chard has wilted, about 5 minutes.

  4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in flour until incorporated. Slowly whisk in milk, and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes.

  5. Combine leek mixture, milk mixture, mustard, and egg. Season with salt and pepper, and stir.

  6. Spread leek mixture into tart shell, and sprinkle with Gruyere. Bake until top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly, and serve warm.

Reviews Add a comment

  • birdlady
    12 MAR, 2013
    I made this for a Thanksgiving dinner that my husband and I made for our British friends. This pie was by far the most popular item. I'm famous for fudging recipes, but this one is perfect as is.
  • MS112579910
    29 SEP, 2012
    How about a quarter cup of soft tofu instead of the egg? Ad some Daiya instead of real cheese? I'd love to make this VEGAN!
  • aptoskate
    23 NOV, 2011
    Question: Can i just do this in a pie dish?
  • PenelopeRB
    10 SEP, 2010
    Tasty and good use of greens from our CSA farm share! I ended up using a combination of braising greens as they were available. I forgot to shred or chop the leaves and I should have, would be easier to eat! Added nutmeg. Use a good Gruyere, maybe cave aged for richer flavor.