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Les Petits Farcis Market Tours Nice

Tourte de Blettes Salée from Nice

This savoury tart's main ingredient is blette (chard), which grows all year near Nice, France. Considered part of traditional Niçose cuisine, there are two variations sweet and savoury (salée). Serve this tart with a green salad for lunch or a light dinner.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Lunch Dish, Main Dish
Cuisine French, Nicoise, Provencal
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
 
 

For the Olive Oil Pastry:

  • 14 oz Flour
  • 150 ml Olive Oil (good quality)
  • 150 ml Cold Water
  • 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb Swiss Chard Leaves
  • 2 oz Short-grain Rice (Arborio)
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 oz Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

Instructions
 

  • For the pastry, combine the flour, olive oil, water and salt in a large bowl. Mix with a pastry scraper or your hands until it forms a smooth ball. Please do not continue to knead the pastry once it has come together. Wrap the pastry in plastic and set aside in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook the rice for about 15 mins. Drain and set aside.
  • Thinly slice the chard leaves and set aside.
  • Chop the onion finely and cut the bacon into small dice. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and bacon over medium heat until the bacon starts to brown lightly. Add the chard and sauté for about 5 minutes. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and add the cooked rice, 2 of the eggs, the grated Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Oil a large tart tin (28 cm, 11 inches). On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out as thinly as you can. Line the pan with 2/3 of the pastry, letting it hang over the edges of the pan. Fill with the vegetable mixture, fold the pastry's edges over the filling, and top with the remaining pastry, tucking it around the sides. Beat the remaining egg and brush the surface with it. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Blette (Swiss Chard) probably wins the prize as the most popular Niçoise vegetable, because it can be grown year-round in the area’s arid climate. In local bakeries you’ll come across two types of Tourte de blettes, this savoury one and a sweet version made with raisins, pine nuts and a little rum and topped with icing sugar.
Variation: Another popular tart in Nice is filled with zucchini (courgettes). Just replace the chard with finely diced zucchini and proceed exactly the same way. Alternatively, make the same recipe using finely diced pumpkin or squash instead of zucchini.
More variations of this recipe could include almost any of your favourite leafy greens that you love. Anything from cabbage to kale to spinach or even leeks. Try finely diced eggplant too, that would be fantastic. Enjoy!
Keyword Arborio Rice, blette, Swiss Chard, Tartes
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