Three-Cheese Hearty Greens and Puff Pastry Tart

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Three-Cheese Hearty Greens and Puff Pastry Tart

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Wilted leeks, spinach, and chard are mixed with a trinity of cheeses—ricotta, Gruyère, and parmesan—along with pine nuts, and then spread on a simple round of store-bought puff pastry. Throw the whole thing in the oven, and 20 minutes later it comes out perfectly puffed and golden. A great way to eat your greens!

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.

  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time:60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 medium leeks, white and green parts only, chopped (about 3 1/2 ounces chopped leeks)
  • 28 ounces curly spinach, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 14 ounces (about 1 large bunch) Swiss chard, tough stalks removed, leaves roughly chopped
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 9 ounces (about 1 cup 2 tablespoons) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) grated Gruyère
  • 1/4 cup (about 1/2 ounce) grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 8 ounces puff pastry

Directions

  1. 1.

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and chard, and raise the heat to high. Sauté until all the greens are completely wilted and all the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

  2. 2.

    Once the greens have cooled slightly, add the ricotta, Gruyère, parmesan, and pine nuts, and stir to completely combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll out the pastry on a parchment-lined sheet tray to a 12-inch circle. Spread the spinach mixture on top. Bake until the pastry is golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.