This vegetarian pie is great to have on hand -- it can go straight from the freezer to the oven. To bake it without freezing, reduce the baking time to 40 to 45 minutes.



For the olive oil dough:

For the Swiss chard filling:


Make the olive oil dough:

  • In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, extra-virgin olive oil, cold water, and coarse salt. Stir with a fork to combine, then turn out onto a work surface and knead 1 minute. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature, 30 minutes.


Make the Swiss chard filling:

  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add chard stems and red-pepper flakes; cook until stems begin to soften, about 2 minutes.

  • Pack chard leaves into pot; season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until chard leaves wilt, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until chard is soft, about 4 minutes. Drain, pressing out as much liquid as possible. Place chard mixture in a large bowl and toss with Parmesan, flour, lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Roll two-thirds the dough to a 12 1/2-inch round; fit into an 8-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep). Fill bottom crust with chard mixture. Roll remaining dough to a 9 1/2-inch round; place over filling. Pinch edges of dough together and tuck in to seal; cut several vents into center of pie. Combine yolk with 1 teaspoon water and brush over dough, avoiding edge of pan. Freeze pie.

  • To serve, preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Bake frozen pie until crust is deep golden brown, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Made this last night as I had lots of Swiss Chard to use up. It was very good. However, I only had about 500g of Swiss Chard which was more than enough (the recipe calls for 2 1/2 pounds!!!) and still made for a thick pie. I agree with the comments on the lemon. While the lemon gave it a lovely flavour, a quarter of lemon zest would have been enough. Didn't have red-pepper flakes, used sun-dried tomatoes, smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne instead. Worked very nicely.
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I like the pie, i might reduce amount of pepper flakes otherwise i think its very good. I did not use the lemon peel, i didn't have it on-hand. You have to like veggies for this one for sure. I think the olive oil dough was nice and flaky and crunchy. The recipe was easy to make since i had everything in the pantry already. If I made this again I might experiment with the cheese, monterey or cottage cheese maybe since i find parmesan (smell/taste) pretty strong. Side-dish better than main meal.