August 6, 2021

Swiss Chard and Double Goat Cheese Tart

I am pleased to be working with Stickney Hill Dairy, makers of The Humble Goat Cheese and a local Minnesota company to develop some goat cheese recipes. The Humble Goat may be new to you in the Twin Cities, but it is taking off all over the east and west Coast as people become familiar with the lovely goat cheese produced at the Stickney Hill Dairy. I was able to record a Makers Of Minnesota Podcast a few weeks back with Frankie Lenzmeier, who shared the dairy story with me.

This swiss chard and double goat cheese tart made for excellent use of swiss chard from the Ely Hilltop garden. I love to put fresh greens like spinach, beet greens, or kale in savory tarts as the bitterness of the greens holds up well with the buttery-ness of the tart crust. I love savory tarts for light lunches in the Summer or for a little happy hour nibble which is how I served this recipe.

Swiss chard and Goat Cheese Tart
Swiss Chard and Double Humble Goat Cheese Tart

Serves 6-8

Ingredients for the crust

  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp of ice water
  • 1 Tbsp vodka

Ingredients for the tart

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small bunches Swiss chard cleaned and chopped with stems in one pile and leaves in another
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 -ounce fresh plain *The Humble Goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions for the tart crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Add flour and salt to a food processor. Pulse 2 to 3 times until combined.
  2. Chop butter into rough cubes and scatter over flour and pulse 4 to 5 times until flour is evenly distributed. (Dough should look crumbly.)
  3. Add 3 Tbsps ice water through the tube pulsing once each time. The crumbs should begin to form larger clusters. Add the vodka and continue to pulse until the dough comes together in a ball and gets awkward spinning in the machine.
  4. Remove dough from the bowl and place in a mound on a clean surface. Work the dough just enough to form a ball – create a disc and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days (If I am in a hurry, which I always am, I will freeze the dough for 30 minutes)
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough disc to a 15-inch round circle about 1/8 inch high. Check for size by inverting tart pan over dough round. Look for a 1-inch edge around the tart pan. Carefully press the dough into the pan mounding the sides up a bit higher than the pan by folding over excess dough. Press the tines of a fork into the pastry down to the pan about 12 times with a fork to “dock” the crust. Place tart in the freezer while you make the filling to get set for 15 minutes. Transfer the tart pan to a baking sheet. Set in oven and bake at 375 until the crust is dry and set up and starting to pull from the sides, 13 to 15 minutes.

Instructions for the filling

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and Swiss chard stems and cook, stirring often until softened and starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.  Add chopped Swiss chard leaves a handful at a time and wilt. Add 2 Tbsp water, cover, and cook until the stems are tender, and the Chard leaves are completely cooked down for about 5 minutes.
  2. Make the custard: Puree eggs and milk and one 4 oz goat cheese log in a blender until smooth.

Instructions for Tart assembly

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Brush mustard over the bottom of the par-baked tart crust. Spread the Swiss Chard Filling out over the crust. Pour the Goat Cheese custard over the filling and garnish with the leftover hunks pulled from the remaining goat cheese log.

Bake the tart on the baking sheet until the shell is browned, the filling is set up, lightly golden, and puffed, for about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 10 minutes before removing tart pan sides.

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*Sponsored Recipe prepared by for The Humble Goat