leek and swiss chard tart

What’s on your list? You know, the running one you keep in your head, in a series of Post-It notes spread across all surfaces of your life, or if you are particularly scary kooky, on a spreadsheet? Me, I’ve got several lists. There’s the Apartment Want This list, because, oh, how I covet the home furnishings; the Go Here list, which holds my in- and outside NYC destination dreams; the Read This list, which I pretty much avoid, and the Listen to This list with all of the music I would like to download and shake my booty arrhythmically to were I not fascistly opposed to DRM.


Then there is the Cook This list, all 300+ items long. This one neither makes me feel bad about my financial limitations (like the Apartment list), vacation time availability (like the Go Here list), my Web-ruined attention span when it comes to content running more than 500 words (like the Read This list), or what happens when you let a bunch of people in board rooms decide how music should be sold (like the Listen list). Sure, I don’t have time to get to all of the items on the Cook This list, but that’s not the point.

swiss chart leek tart

Thus, let me humbly suggest that you add a Leek Swiss Chard Tart to your list or lists, in whatever format they may be. I had bookmarked this for more months than I care to dwell on, and then made it two days before we had a chance to eat it and still, it has absolutely saved us at dinnertime twice this week. To me, a quiche and a few salad greens, perhaps a bit of something pickled and, oh, why not, a decadent slice of cheese in the fridge is all I could ever need or want to subsist on. It is both Brunch and Dinner. It tastes as good the third day as it did the first.

It is one less thing on a list, and this alone is something to celebrate.

leek and swiss chard tart

One year ago: Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Leek and Swiss Chard Tart
Bon Appetit, October 1999

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed (I used a basic tartdough instead)
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 bunch Swiss chard, ribs removed, leaves chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 1/4 cups whipping cream (I used whole milk)
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Roll out pastry on floured work surface to 12-inch square. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Fold under; crimp edges. Cover; chill.

Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add leeks and thyme. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover; cook until leeks are very tender but not brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add chard; saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.

Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Whisk cream and next 5 ingredients in large bowl. Mix in cooled leek mixture. Pour filling into crust.

Bake tart 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake until filling is puffed and just set in center, about 15 minutes longer (this took my oven about 10 minutes longer). Transfer to rack; cool 10 minutes.

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103 comments on leek and swiss chard tart

  1. mmartin

    These comments had to bereposted manually. Sorry to the original commenters!


    Congratulations on the nomination! I hope you guys win. – Lisa
    # MK January 24, 2008

    Hey! Congrats on the nomination! And its the photographs that addicted me to this site. (Not that the droolingly wonderful recipes don’t keep me coming back for more!)

    I just finished a batch of blue chip chocolate chip cookies, and they have to be the best cookies Ive ever made! Thankyou for being such a joy to read, and giving me my own ‘list’ of recipes to look forward to.

    # Sophia January 24, 2008

    yum, the tart looks good. i never seem to find chard though. i might try it with spinach.
    # NuJoi January 24, 2008

    This looks so good! I love the idea of a Cook This list. 300 items?! I’m looking forward to reading them all.
    # Bridget January 24, 2008

    I love the “Things to Cook” list! It’s so much more fun, and easy, to plan meals and desserts with a list like that. I have to admit that instead of putting individual Smitten Kitchen recipes on my list, I just keep in mind that I want to make just about everything on the site. Ack.

    Congratulations on the nomination! You certainly deserve it.
    # Annemarie January 24, 2008

    It looks very impressive. The Husband loves leeks but he has fallen into a bit of a pattern with what he does with them. I shall waive this tart under his nose and see if he takes the bait (if not, I may have to take it for him).
    # Kitt January 24, 2008


    I will go vote for you, but link’s busted. (DRM on is, too.)

    Bloggies link
    # JEP January 24, 2008

    I would love to have this for a weekend brunch…amazing photos, too! Congratulations…I’m rootin’ for ya!
    # Elizabeth January 24, 2008

    I have all those lists too. But my To Cook list is pretty short : the crab cakes on sweet potato biscuits I used to eat at Zanzibar in Ann Arbor, an egg, bacon, waffle sandwich I’ve been conceptualizing, whatever varieties of the No Knead bread I can come up with, starting with raisin, the eggs poached in tomato sauce served with spinach and toast I just saw on Martha this morning, chocolate cake, and the christmas meal from Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the christmas meal from Edna Lewis’ Taste of Country Cooking. Those last two I won’t be making any time soon, I don’t have anyone to eat all that food!
    Oh, and every single one of your recipes, of course!
    # deb January 24, 2008

    Thanks Kitt — Links are fixed. I forgot to turn smart-quotes off on my new computer! D’oh.

  2. AMR

    Well, this is (kind of) funny. I voted for you in the Food & Photography categories…but I’m getting those cute little question marks in a tiny blue box in place of all the photos in today’s post (Safari on a Mac’s way of saying WTF?). Funny, huh?
    Congratulations! Your photos, when they’re there, ARE really superb.

  3. Rats!!! I wish I had clicked over here earlier. I bought some gorgeous organic Swiss chard today and this would have been a great way to use it. Instead, I just sauteed it with garlic and evoo. It was delicious, but I would have loved to have made your tart. It looks wonderful!

    Congrats on the Bloggie nomination!

  4. mmartin

    Sorry about that. That was my fault. It was interesting trying to copy Deb’s original photo off Flickr… xD

    The 3 images are back up now though (And I voted for her as well :D ).

  5. This looks wonderful – fantastic photgraphy! I think I’ll add this to my ever-expanding list of things to make… but, will have to get to it sooner rather than later, since my boys both love these type of dishes. Whenever I am making a frittata, they both get so excited, so I am sure they’ll love this one.

    And, Congratulations on your nomination! What a compliment!

  6. This is something I will definitely make. It’s beautiful and sounds soooo tasty. I’ll have to make it the next time I’m going to someone’s house so I don’t eat it all myself! I’m off to vote for you now. :-)

  7. This looks awesome. I’ve been really wanting to make a quiche lately but haven’t found one I thought I could pull off yet. :) A bit embarrassed to admit though, I don’t actually think I know what swiss chard tastes like…

    And I <3 your photos!

  8. I’m glad this beatiful dish made it off the list- it looks scrumptious! I, like you, have endless lists. I agree with you, about the cooking list- it doesn’t have the limitations some of the other lists do, like the I want to travel (bora bora), or my shoe list (loubutins)! lol
    That’s another reason why blogging about food is such a good hobby-
    Happy Cooking!

  9. This looks interesting. I love both chard and leeks, but I must confess that I was hoping the recipe contained some sort of CHEESE. A little gruyere or swiss, perhaps?

    Maybe I am just craving a lovely quiche.

  10. i have never met a quiche i didn’t like (well, except that smoked salmon one, but i should’ve known better). this looks delicious and uses two of my favorite veggies. i love the textural difference between the two in your photos.

  11. Sal

    Congrats on the photography entry but….HUH??? Why oh WHY did you not get nominated for the Food blog award. I’m shocked, I of course entered you in and don’t stop TALKING about your site. Without a doubt the best food blog I have come across in YEARS…gosh it’s like crack to me, I get at least a few hits of your site per day ha ha ha.

  12. KT

    I have a random question after reading your drop, dash, pinch tip from a few weeks ago… but I thought I would put it in the most recent comments:

    What is dsp? I recently got a new set of measuring spoons and there is a dsp that is less than a tablespoon but more than a teaspoon. I don’t think it’s half-a-tablespoon but maybe…?


  13. i love that I’m not the only one with copious lists for each category of my wants/needs! the tart looks fabulous, as all of your recipes do! and congrats on the nomination!! well deserved.

  14. Congratulations on the nomination! This pix here are excellent.

    As for that delicious tart, I think it will definitely make it on my list. I may have to add some cheese though.

  15. I voted for you!!! :) Although I was disappointed not to see you in the best food blog category…

    That tart looks lovely and swiss chard is my favorite leafy green. I have several go-to recipes for it. I also have an eggless quiche recipe that might work nicely with the leeks and swiss chard although I originally posted it using sorrel and goat cheese… every quiche or savory tart should include goat cheese! :-) I’ll put this recipe on my burgeoning list right now. Thanks!

  16. cricket

    Mmm. Looks delicious. I’m definitely pro-chard, and I can find all the ingredients here, but I also need *need* NEED to know what you put it that oh-so-purty salad in the background. Is it radicchio and leeks? Is it red cabbage? Is there dressing? My taste buds of imagination say this meal would like a little something acidic, but not too, so as to contrast with but NOT interfere with le quiche fabulousness. A recipe is not necessary, but a back of the napkin description (someday) would be very much appreciated by at least one regular reader! Thanks, Deb.

  17. deb

    Sarita — I’m not going to be great at describing it, because I’ve only used it a few times but I find the taste fairly neutral and harmless–like spinach. I’m sure if I just sauteed it, its true flavor might be more evident.

    Kate — I had intended to dollop a little goat cheese on the tart once baked, but actually forgot! I bet it would be a wonderful addition.

    KT — After much Googling, I have found your answer (turns out a lot of people don’t know what it is, myself included), thanks to this site. The writer says:
    Dessertspoon = dsp
    As I rule of thumb I use
    1 dsp = 2 tsp
    1 tblsp = 2dsp

    Hope that helps/is accurate! (Oh, and whoops–thanks Shelly for chiming in!)

    PoaM — If you click over to the Flickr page where each photo is hosted, you should see an option to view the EXIF data (“More Properties”), which I keep turned on and open to the public. Let me know if you can’t access it.

    Cricket — It is very thinly sliced endive and radicchio. My basic viniagrette is a little honey, a bit of dijon mustard, a glug of sherry or champagne vinegar and a little more of olive oil, whisked. Sometimes, if I’m feeling fancy, I add a truffle salt but even without it, it’s a great go-to vinigrette.

  18. First, this looks fantastic. Second, Jeannie’s right about Amazon. Third, two additional alternatives to iTunes’ DRM and proprietary format – eMusic (subscription service, which I love, and I believe is still giving out 50 free downloads when you sign up) and AudioLunchbox (which I haven’t used recently, but offers subscriptions or single songs – I stick with eMusic because it will let you redownload songs you’ve downloaded once, as often as you’d like, from any computer).

  19. Betsy

    I love Post-its! My list is stuck all over the inside of my computer desk – multi colored post-its with different colored ink. It somehow makes a List (with a capital L) not so intimidating. Can’t wait to try the tart!

  20. Hah! I totally have ALL OF THOSE LISTS! The restaurants to try around town, cities around the world to visit, songs to download off iTunes, the recipes (along with page numbers and which issue) from magazines I want to try, the things to do, stuff for the house, everything! Only they are in assorted notebooks/Word files/scribbled Post-Its.

    I think it keeps my head from exploding due to too much information.

  21. cricket

    Thanks for the salad, Deb! My default dressing is nearly the same. Beautiful color, texture, flavor contrasts with the quiche. And thanks for the lovely photo of tomorrow night’s dinner.

  22. I just made your spinach quiche (after having it on my to-make list for, um, ever) and loved it. I just thought to myself, I should look for other quiche recipes but let me just see what Deb is up to… Perfect timing. Hopefully it won’t take me a year to make this one.

  23. Ahhh THANK YOU for this recipe!!! This reminds me of these leek cheddar mini tarts my aunt used to make when I was younger – they were my absolute favorite! Now I’m going to make this.

  24. Sarah

    Do you have a really fast metabolism? I LOVE everthing you make, but I would chubb out beyond belief if I actully ate it? What’s your secret?

  25. Ana Maria

    Congratulations on your nomination, Deb! I certainly voted for you. Your photography is superb and you should have been up there for best food blog, too. I love lurking on your blog.

  26. Sara

    Congrats! And I completely agree, I have a to-cook list also. And I must thank you, I bought a pastry cutter, and it has changed my life! Thank you!

  27. Emma

    I tried this last night – so good!! Though i made a few substitutions, didn’t have any swiss chard so I added Gruyere cheese (ok not a linear substitution, but delicious nonetheless) This combo was absolutely fantastic! Plus I finished off the whole dinner with a rustic apple-raspberry tart, to die for! I really do think that may have been one of my most successful attempts at cooking (my talents truly are baking, so I’ll just leave it at cooking!)
    Also, my leek-tart (which my family has argued should only be called a Quiche, quite heavily in fact!) took quite some time to cook as well! Therefore I think it is safe to say we can change the entire recipe and round it off saying bake it for 40 minutes minimum! Otherwise, as in my case, you wind up with a beautifully cooked outside and totally liquid centre – and cutting becomes an issue!
    Seriously delicious!

  28. Judy

    ‘Re: your folding comment, lucky girl that I am…rec’d a cuisinart kitchen machine for my Birthday…it has a gentle fold programme on it….let me tell you I am in love with this machine…I love it better than the kitchen aid

  29. This tart looks delicious! I’ve seen both chard and leeks at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market if anyone in DC wants some fresh, local ingredients to make the tart.

  30. These pictures are so yummy and I love swiss chard…….either I will have to make this immediately, or go buy a quiche!

    And congrats on the bloggie nomination! It’s well deserved!

  31. deb

    Darcy — Yes! In fact, thanks for reminding me. My father, who is perennially on the Atkins wagon, came over for lunch last month and I made spinach quiche without a crust just by baking it in a pie plate that I had sprayed with cooking oil. It worked out much better than I thought. Btw, if it is not bread, but making a crust that puts you off, you might consider tossing some bread cubes or homemade croutons in there before baking it–it could work out to be more of a strata.

    Thanks Suzanne!

  32. Irene

    I made this over the weekend and it was a big hit, even with my meat-loving husband. Thank you for the recipe and the idiot-proof instructions!

  33. kate

    this tart was so yummy! the flavors were spot on. i don’t eat eggs – so i used tofu instead – and added a light sprinkling on grated manchengo on top for the last 10 min of cooking. thanks for the great recipe!

  34. Sarah

    Made this last night (and I can’t wait till lunch so I can have the left-overs!)…. Like you Deb I meant to add some cheese (I was going to put in some left over Fontina) but I totally forgot- but it was still rockingly tasty!!! Love you pictures.

  35. Grace

    I made this today, and it came out beautifully! I’m so happy you put up this recipe. This was my first attempt at making a tart since my very first time several years ago (which was completely inedible by the way), and I’m so excited about the results. I feel like there’s no longer any point in going out and ordering quiche when I can make a very good one at home. Thanks so much!

  36. Paula

    I made this last night with gorgeous leeks I got at farmer’s market. The custard was delightful and it had a lovely texture. I didn’t have puff pastry so I did an olive oil tart crust instead. Although it came out a bit too crusty, the flavors all worked well together. Yum!

  37. Jilian

    I just made this! I had to make a bunch of changes due to materials, and my tart ended up crustless and in individual muffin cups! haha. Still delicious though! I like to blog about my adventures in the kitchen as well, and have referenced you and your blog as inspiration many times! Thank you for the great recipes!

  38. Jade

    I made this last night with a full bunch chard, some cream & milk, 4 whole eggs (just b/c I have too many whites around the house already!), and about 1/3 cup feta cheese.
    It was SUPER rich. A bit much for me, although my boyfriend enjoyed it. He said it was like eating dessert for dinner … not quite sure what he meant, but his plate was clean!

  39. Marilou

    Fantastic! I used whole milk and made a whole wheat/olive oil crust (recipe from 101 cookbooks) and it turned out to be Mother’s Day hit! However, please don’t do as I did, and inadvertently bake it in a tart pan with a removable bottom… Of course, the egg/milk mixture seeped from the pan and I now have curdled eggs everywhere in my oven… Fortunately, the tart set relatively fast at 425 degrees so I didn’t loose too much filling! Many thanks for this beautiful dish.

  40. Sue

    Hi. Leeks await in my garden. Do you have a link to a tart dough recipe? The only one I could find on your site is a sweet tart dough. BTW, your recipes are amazing. Most recent is the (bleu) cheese and scallion biscuits. (I substituted cheddar for bleu). You’re right (again); they are delicious even when previously frozen.

    1. deb

      Sue — I’m a big, big fan of the crust used here. It doesn’t need to be par-baked and it barely shrinks. Some people have had trouble bringing the dough together, it is very dry, but it will come together with a little kneading and I now use it exclusively.

  41. Kate

    Made this last night & it was a such a hit for our dinner party! Great combo of leeks & chard – nice & rich – all around delicious. Thanks!

  42. Natalie

    I just made this and it was wonderful. I was suspicious of a quiche with no cheese (isn’t that the best part?) but it didn’t need cheese at all.

    I used four whole eggs instead of three eggs and two yolks, and I used milk instead of cream. It didn’t really “puff” like the recipe said, but it tasted delicious and the texture was great.

  43. does your website have a “Cook This” feature, where we can add them to a “recipe box” or something?

    I come to you first whenever I’m in the mood to try something new. Or like today, when I got swiss chard in my Veggie Box and didn’t know what to do with it! This tart is what I’ll do with it. Thanks!
    Sara in Key West

  44. Julie

    I have some lovely chard in my garden, and I am going to try fillo dough cause that’s what I have in my freezer! I love the adaptability of your recipes. Thank you!

  45. Kirsten

    Hi Deb, I made this tart recently and it was divine. I have been drowning in greens from our CSA this cold spring, so I have spent a lot of time in your recipe index. So I am really writing about this tart, your chard and white bean stew, creamed chard, and spagetti with chard and garlic. I cannot thank you enough for providing some variety for my family during chard-o-rama. As a thank you, I wanted to point you to this chard recipe. It started as an Alice Waters recipe in a post from Louisa (of Wednesday Chef), but this person evolved it to new heights with fennel! I hadn’t heard of this blog, this was a Tastespotting find. I think you might like it!

  46. Erin

    I too have had an over abundance of greens from the CSA I joined and with leeks, chard and kale among this week’s take I started searching through your recipe index. I used the kale and leeks for the tart and made a very simple pie/tart dough. I must confess that I did add a little cheese, which was tasty, but it certainly didn’t need it. I’m not much of a tart or quiche maker so I was very happy when it turned out perfectly (just needed to be in the oven a bit longer than the recipe called for) and my husband and I have been eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thanks again for another amazing recipe–I froze dough for an extra crust so will definitely be making another rendition later this summer or fall.

  47. MelissaBKB

    This was delicious, but I would go with Deb’s use of the tartdough over the puff pastry. Because the PP doesn’t ‘puff’, as Natalie said above, for me the texture is all wrong. The crust is just a buttery mess. After two other times trying to use puff pastry as pie/quiche crust, I have concluded that that’s really not where it deserves to be used. Puff pastry should shine! The filling however, is amazing, and I already have a request from my husband to make it again.

  48. Dalnapen


    ‘Chard’ needs to be corrected in the recipe title here. Thanks–I’m making this as a dinner side tonight. (Can’t explain why I expected this tart to have cheese in it! I guess for me the word Swiss is a mnemonic for cheese, Federer and army knives!)

  49. Kim

    I recently found your blog after joining a CSA and looking for new things to make with new-to-me ingredients. This is absolutely delicious!! I’m just finishing a piece for lunch, my first bites of the finished product. I have a massive amount of fresh thyme, so used it and added a few very ripe cherry tomato halves on top. Goodness, I love leeks! Your site is beautiful. Thanks.

  50. Maddie

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe and have made it many times and recommended it to many friends (who also love it). However, my husband was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease and a wheat allergy (at age 44! Ugh!) so I made this with an almond flour tart crust from It was AMAZING with this recipe — the nuttiness in the almond flour was a perfect compliment to the leeks and chard. So, whether or not you need a gluten free recipe, I highly recommend the almond tart crust as an alternate version.

  51. Jennifer

    So I know this post is a few years old, but I just made this last night and it was awesome. I found the recipe while searching for something to do with the leeks and chard I got in my last CSA box. This tart was delicious. My husband agreed. I know my other family members would love it, so it’s definitely in the books for future family get-togethers.

  52. Laura

    This is my go to meal whenever we get chard in our CSA. I’m not normally a fan of chard (or many greens, frankly), but this recipe brings out the best in the chard. Plus, the leeks are rich and delicious. We usually replace the cream with skim milk to make this a little less indulgent and that works very well.

  53. Hi Deb,

    Another winner from Smitten Kitchen. I made this last night (and included the left over bacon I had in the fridge – minced) and it was great. Many thanks for another great meal.

  54. Red

    Hello! What if my crust looks ready but my filling is not set? Is there a way I can still continue to cook it without burning the crust? HELP!

  55. Anna

    Trying this today with Lactose Free 2% milk (butter is naturally low lactose, so for my lactose intolerant mom this should work)…Looking to serve it with the exact same radicchio and endive salad with a vinaigrette! Ill let you know how the lactose free milk version turns out..
    Also (for lack of time and proper kitchen equipment, cause if not I love making my own) I bought the puff pastry tart shell that already comes in a 9inch pie plate….

  56. Jen (Toronto, Canada)

    Substituted spinach for chard, cut the whipping cream in half with skim milk, and threw in the whites when it said just yolks (seems a shame to waste them). This was a very nice, foolproof, easy and quick recipe. Next time I might add a little extra “zip” … maybe some diced up red pepper or something.

    You didn’t hear it from me, but… this recipe fits very nicely across two Tenderflake deep dish pie shells (Deb, I make your pastry recipes all the time but last night I needed an extra-quick meal!). Since they are shallower, they were fully cooked in less time (about 15 minutes at 425, then only about 5 mins at 350).

  57. Alexandra

    I made this last night, and it was a great success with my normally meat-loving family … my crust (puff pastry) began to brown after about 15 minutes, so I covered the edges with foil for the remaining baking time. Next time, I will add some goat cheese on top, I think, or perhaps some bacon. Great recipe and fast process. I have the “Smitten Kitchen” cookbook and use it all the time. You have such great, usable recipes that don’t require many special tools and machinery (all of mine are currently in storage due to impending kitchen renovation). Everything I have made has been a success, and all of the recipes are open to personal changes and improvisations. Thanks for letting us take part in your cooking journey, it’s a lot of fun reading your blog and cookbook.

  58. June

    I had such high hopes after reading everyone’s glowing reviews, but ended up having to cook this for an hour and fifteen minutes (at 425 for 15 minutes and 350 thereafter) before it even began to morph from liquid to firm in the middle.

  59. Marilyn

    My teenage son found your website and shared it with me. (He doesn’t cook, he just likes to eat.) This recipe ties with asparagus pizza for our favorite recipe from your blog and cookbook. It is so good and so forgiving of adjustments and alterations.

  60. Natalie

    Hi! Do you think it would be possible to make the filling and refrigerate it overnight and then pour it into the crust the next morning to bake? I’ve made this for brunch before but sometimes I don’t want to have to wake up that early and I thought I’d ask if you’d tried making it the night before (I tried making the whole quiche the night before but it got sort of damp in the fridge so that’s why I’m hoping to leave the baking until the morning).

  61. deb

    Natalie — Definitely. But you can also just make the quiche and reheat it in the morning, as quiches reheat really well, I find.

  62. Marie

    I made this tonight and it was one of the best quiche i had! Even my boyfriend who is nkt a fan of quiche of eggs in general liked it. But clearly i did something wrong… maybe my oven isn’t heating enough? It took a while to finally cook through, i left it there for at least an extra 15 minutes than recommanded and the middle of the dought still did crisp up at all but the edge were about to burn.
    I will try to make it with less milk maybe? I used a frozen pie crust so maybe ill let it get to remperature or par bake ot next time? I will still make it again because it was sooo good!

  63. Maureen

    My go to recipe! Love this and make it several times while we have chard growing in our garden. I sometimes add some mushrooms which I saute and crumbled bacon. I discovered sprinkling fresh grated Parmesan on top when turning the oven temp down is a nice addition!

  64. Mia

    Deb, I’m a latecomer to your blog so I’ve just recently been trying your recipes. I have now tried to make this tart in two different ovens and both times the eggs are still nearly entirely liquid- not even close to done- after half an hour of cooking (15 min at 425 and 15 min at 350). It doesn’t seem like anyone else has had this problem and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have.

    1. deb

      (So sorry for the late response.) Is it possible that your chard is just more watery or wasn’t wrung as well? Because that’s exactly what it would seem like if there was extra liquid — like it took forever to set.

    2. Treloar Medd

      I had the same problem, and my chard was dry. I was using a Wolf oven too, which is a power house when it comes to generating heat.

  65. abby treadway

    I made the filling exactly as written although used the simple serious eats pie crust! IT. WAS. TO. DIE. FOR. Seven thousand stars!

  66. Alex Bailey Dillon

    I just made this and it’s awesome!! I used filo instead of puff pastry because my grocery store didn’t have any (independent produce markets with a heavy import focus are strange, wonderful, but fickle beasts). Anyway, it turned out way better than I thought but I think puff pastry is the right choice generally!

    My eggs are also a little looser than I hoped they’d be after 30 minutes but it still tastes amazing so I’m not complaining! It’s been awhile since I made an SK recipe and I’m excited to get back into it.

  67. I LOVE this recipe and have made it happily a number of times! I’d love to bring it to a friend as she recovers post-surgery, but her family has a milk allergy (butter OK). Can you substitute anything for the cream/milk (e.g. almond milk) with success?

  68. Cody

    I made this tonight and absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for this recipe. Every recipe I’ve ever tried from Smitten Kitchen is always delicious.

  69. Lucy

    Cooked this the other day and just so happened to have fresh thyme and whipping cream on hand. It was absolutely delicious and honestly, good for any occasion or time of day. THEN, I made it a second time, but THIS time I used scraps: cooked down the hard dark green tops of the leeks (that are often disposed of) in bacon grease until very tender. Then I chopped up the ribs and what I had left of the leaves from the chard. I used whole milk this time but everything else was as listed. A GREAT second tart and a win!

  70. Ivy

    Hi there! Love your site and have made many recipes through the years. I made this tonight, with just one substitution: I used phyllo dough instead of puff pastry. After baking for 40 minutes, the filling was still completely liquid! Any thoughts about why this would happen? Other than the dough substitute, I followed this to a T.

  71. Natalie

    This is excellent. I’ve made it a few times as written, and it was delicious. I also made it once with leeks, broccoli, and spinach.

    It definitely takes longer than 15 minutes at the second temperature–the shortest I got was 30 minutes, when I actually cooled the veggies before mixing them in with the eggs. When I forgot to leave time for the veggies to cool, it took even longer.

    Highly recommended. I like that it’s rich but also has a fairly strong veggie to egg/milk ratio, so it feels healthy.

  72. Joanne

    I had half a package of puff pastry to use up and had all the other ingredients. I couldn’t bear to discard the colorful chard stems so I tossed those in with the leeks. Had a bit of lacinato kale leaves from another recipe and tossed those in, too. I baked it a bit too long on the first bake….almost looked done, but I covered it loosely with foil since it had browned, lowered the oven temp and baked less time than called for. I would not use puff pastry again…would definitely have preferred a nice crust. The texture was great. I feel like it needed something else flavor wise, though, even after I believe I salted and peppered it sufficiently. Bacon sounds like a good suggestion…maybe some cheese, too.