Italian Swiss Chard Tart

Topped with breadcrumbs and Grana-style cheese, this tart from chef Mario Batali captures the deep, rich flavor of Swiss chard.

Ingredients:
2 pounds Swiss chard, washed and dried
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 large eggs
1 cup grated Grana cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Roughly chop the Swiss chard, discarding the tough stems. Add the Swiss chard to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and the parsley. Let cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. Meanwhile, break the eggs into a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add 3 tablespoons of the cheese and, using a whisk, mix until the ingredients are well-blended. Add the egg mixture to the cooled Swiss chard and toss to combine.

4. Using the remaining olive oil to lightly grease a shallow 9-inch round or oval baking dish. Dust the bottom of the baking dish with 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Carefully place the Swiss chard and egg mixture into the pan. Dust with the remaining cheese and then the remaining bread crumbs. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 1 hour. Serve hot or room temperature.

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