Potato and Chard "Strata" with Bacon and Gruyère

By • November 3, 2011 • 2 Comments


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Author Notes: Extremely tired recently, I considered ordering take-out but then reconsidered. I had all kinds of delicious, fresh food in the fridge and enjoy the challenge of putting it all together well. I didn't want to spend time on a stew, wasn't in the mood for soup or an egg-based dish, so thought a "strata" made of potatoes, chard, bacon and Gruyère would hit the spot. It did!em-i-lis

Serves 3-4

  • 2 medium purple potatoes, washed, not peeled, mandolined or extremely thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of chard, washed, stems removed and chopped into 1″ pieces, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 small leek, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Gruyère
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  1. Butter or cooking spray a soufflé or round cooking dish (about 2 qt). Set aside. Preheat oven to 385.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon slices. When done, set them aside to drain on a paper towel and discard all but 1 T of rendered fat that remains in the skillet.
  3. In the skillet over medium-high heat, cook the leek and chard stems in the bacon fat. When soft (after 8 minutes or so), deglaze the pan with the cream, season with salt and fresh pepper, and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 4-5 minutes and then remove from heat. With a slotted spoon, move the mixture to a small mixing bowl. Reheat the skillet, add the butter and when it’s melted, saute the breadcrumbs until golden and lightly toasted. Remove from heat.
  4. In your prepared dish, place 1/3 of the mandolined potato rounds in an even layer. Spoon 1/2 of the leek-chard stem-cream mixture over the potatoes. Crumble half that bacon over that, and then put 1/2 the chopped chard leaves on top.
  5. Shave 6 ribbons of Gruyère on top and then repeat the layers, potatoes-leek/chard-bacon-chard leaves-Gruyère. Put a final layer of potatoes, spread on the toasted breadcrumbs and then shave some more Gruyère on top. Cover with foil and put in the oven. Bake 25-30 minutes, remove foil. Cook 4-5 minutes more, and serve.

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It was definitely better than take-out, boulangere. Thanks!
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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Mmmm. Sounds delish. And way better than take-out.