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Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Cheese Tart

As a  London foodie I seek inspiration from  the sights, sounds, smells & tastes in places like Broadway  or Borough food markets. On a grey  chilly January day the Swiss chard with its  jewel coloured ruby & golden stems & dark green leaves stood out. With thoughts of warmer days and planning holidays  with a food blogger element I wanted to create a vegetarian recipe, with tantalising tastes of the Mediterranean. I had shortcrust pastry previously made & stored in my freezer. You can easily use shop bought, but try and get a good quality all butter variety. I blind bake the pastry case first to make it extra crispy but you can miss this step to speed things up.

Ingredients

Swiss Chard 10-12 leaves & stems, washed stems sliced finely, leaves chopped roughly

1 large leek, washed & thinly sliced

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Preparing the Swiss Chard

2 sticks of celery, washed and finely sliced

2 shallots, peeled finely sliced

2 cloves of garlic chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon, rind finely zested

2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh mint , leaves roughly torn

1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped

125g Feta crumbled ( I used Odysea Greek Feta)

150g  Ricotta or goat’s curd ( I used Ribblesdale Yorkshire goat’s  curd)

25g pine nuts, lightly toasted in a dry pan on medium heat

400g shortcrust pastry

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Freshly ground sea salt & black pepper

Method

Heat the oven to 165C/ 329F fan

Roll out the pastry  thinly and line a large quiche tart case,  with a loose bottom that has been greased & prick all over with a fork.

Line with baking parchment and add baking beans or dried beans or rice

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Pastry lined tart case

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Blind baking the pastry case

Bake for 15 minutes, remove paper & beans, brush with some of the beaten egg

Return to oven & bake for a further 5 minutes, remove and cool.

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Preparing the Veggies

Turn the oven up to 185C/ 365F fan oven

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Veggie & Cheese Filling ready

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan on a medium heat.

Add chard stalks, shallots, leeks, celery, sage, parsley & mint stir and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally to soften the veggies without colouring them. Remove from heat & cool

In another frying pan add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil  add the garlic and chard leaves and cook on a medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the leaves have wilted. Remove from heat, add to other veggies & cool

Add the crumbled Feta, lemon zest, toasted pine nuts, beaten egg & season with sea salt & black pepper

Add to the pastry case, flatten and then dot the surface with the ricotta or goats curd

Bake on the top shelf for about 30 minutes, check after 25. Cool for 20 minutes & remove from tin.

Serve a wedge either warm or at room temperature with some salad.

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart

Swiss Chard Leek & Feta Tart – ready to eat!

My Swiss chard, leek & feta cheese tart – aromas & tastes of the Mediterranean.

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