I picked up some very nice looking rainbow chard this morning. It’s not a vegetable I often buy, although I do often have the baby stems in prepared bags of salad. I decided that it would be good with the field mushrooms I also bought, together with some goats cheese.
This is a very quick pie that makes the most of the autumn produce available right now and uses ready bought puff pastry. The cheese really brings it all together and the finished pie makes for a very nice meat-free lunch or supper dish with salad.
1 bunch of fresh rainbow chard, washed
2 onions, halved and sliced
1 punnet of field mushrooms
1tbs mixed fresh herbs, I used thyme, rosemary and one sage leaf, all finely chopped
1 small goats cheese
50g Gruyere cheese – grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3tbs double cream
1tsp Dijon mustard
1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry
1 knob of butter with a little olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
Prepare the onions by halving and slicing them. Strip the leaves from the stems of the chard and chop the stems fairly small. Tear the leaves.
Heat the butter and oil in a pan and add the onions and herbs. Cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes with a pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add in the chard stems and cook together until softened and translucent.
Slice the mushrooms and add to the onions and chard, cook until golden, before adding in the chard leaves to wilt down.
When the leaves have wilted, stir in the mustard and cream and remove from the heat.
Stir in the grated gruyere cheese off the heat and leave to cool before assembling the pie.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a non stick liner.
Place the pasty sheet onto the lined baking and cut in half.
In the centre of one half of the pastry, pile the filling, leaving a border of around 2cm. Dot with the crumbled goats cheese and brush the border with beaten egg.
For the other half, I have cut out little holes, but you can just cut steam holes. Place the second half directly over the filling and crimp the edges together with a fork. Brush the top with the beaten egg.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until crisp, golden and completely cooked through. Leave to cool a little before serving with salad and a nice glass of chilled white wine.