Friday, September 24, 2010

Rustic Swiss Chard and Mozzarella Tart

Source:  Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour*
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. cold butter
1/4  c. cold ice water
1/4 c. sour cream*
2 t. fresh lemon juice

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut up butter; cut into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Combine water, sour cream and lemon juice.  Add half the sour cream mixture to flour mixture; toss with a fork.  Add remaining sour cream mixture; toss with a fork until mixture is moistened.  Form into a ball.  Wrap and refrigerate (up to an hour) while preparing filling.

1 bunch Swiss chard, washed and chopped (about 5 c.)
1 c. chopped leeks*
4 gloves garlic, minced
1/4 t. dried thyme, crushed
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1 T. olive oil
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley

Preheat oven to 400 deg.
In a large skillet, cook chard, leeks, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper in hot oil over medium heat for 4 minutes or until chard wilts and leeks are tender.  Cool slightly.  Stir in cheese, set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry to a 12" circle.  Transfer to a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.  Spoon filling into center of pastry circle, leaving a 2" border.  Fold dough over filling, leaver center open and pleating edges of dough.  Bake for 30-40 min., or until golden.  Sprinkle with parsley. 
Serve hot.

Makes 4 main-dish or 8 appetizer servings.

*My substitutions:
whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour,
 my homemade yogurt for the sour cream,
 and onions plus 2 extra cloves of garlic for the leeks.

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