Um … Your Chard is Gritty

Feaston is back into the swing for 2010 and it’s going to be a good one folks. While we have no meal plans beyond the current week,but that is bound to change.

Carrying on the latter half of 2009, Feaston is trying to eat more vegetables and less meat. I found a nice vegetable bake in Fannie Farmer’s cookbook to put our best foot forward in the new year with our herbivorous effort.

Too bad it started with an epic fail.

It smelled and tasted really awesome. Very healthy. I'm not sure if it's filling though ... keep reading.

I’ll put this out there up front: This meal is labor intensive. And if you don’t have a food processor. DO NOT ATTEMPT IT. There is lots of fine chopping of leaves involved and it would be damn near impossible otherwise.

But for all the effort you get a tasty meal packed with vitamins and goodness. We classified this as sort of an inside out omelet and along the lines of a frittata. Very nice.

While I got the recipe from Fannie Farmer, I made a few changes. You need this:

  • 4 Cups finely chopped leeks
  • 4 Cups finely chopped spinach
  • 2 cups finely chopped Swiss chard (red or green)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Garlic
  • 1/4 pound fontina cheese, shredded
  • Butter

First thing is chop all the leaves. Mix them together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, and mix in S & P, flour and crushed garlic. Mix the crap out of that. Then mix the eggs into the leaf mixture. Once incorporated, add the shredded cheese. Bake in a two quart, buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Dot the top of the casserole with butter before baking.

I was all excited to make this meal. Michelle had to work late and I was going to have everything ready for when she got home. I mean a nice vegetarian meal. What better way to start the week?

It smelled awesome. Michy noticed it right when she walked in the door. It was probably the leeks … slightly oniony. We waited the 15 minutes for it to finish baking.

Is it done? she asked. Not sure. Why don’t you try it?

(She takes a spoonful and rolls it around.) Mmmmhmmm. This is a tasty casserole. (Slight crunch).

Um … did you remember to rinse the chard? It’s kind of gritty.


We ate pasta and meatballs instead.

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One response to “Um … Your Chard is Gritty

  1. Good Eater

    Hahaha! The road to hell (and carbs) is paved with good intentions!!

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