Green Onion/Scallion

Crostata With Mixed Greens

August 27, 2011
0 Ratings
Photo by sdebrango
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves 6-8 depending on serving size
Author Notes

This is one of my go-to recipes that I bring to pot luck meals or parties. It's a simple vegetarian meal or side that tastes good warm or room temperature. Years ago I saw Lidia Bastianich make this on one of her cooking shows. I made some changes, adding semolina to the olive oil crust, and using a variety of greens. It is delicious served with a fresh tomato sauce or roasted cherry tomatoes. It is a wonderful way to get your greens and this rustic tart is just as good the next day as it is on the day you make it. The greens take some time to clean (making sure you remove the grit) but the effort you put into the preparation is totally worth it in the end. —sdebrango

What You'll Need
  • The Crostata Dough
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour or cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons Cold unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup Ice water
  • 6 tablespoons Sour cream
  • The Greens Filling
  • 1 pound swiss chard, chopped ( I used red chard)
  • 1 pound escarole, chopped
  • 1 pound spinach chopped or one package frozen chopped spinach thawed
  • 2 cups leeks, chopped and well washed (use the white and light green parts only)
  • 1 cup scallions, chopped (white and light green tender parts only)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped (if you don't have fresh use 1 1/2 tsp of dry)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups ricotta (I used whole milk ricotta)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano or pecorino romano (I used 1/4 cup of each)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • an egg beaten with a splash of water for egg wash
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  1. The Crostata Dough
  2. Whisk together flour, semolina and salt. Cut the butter into pieces and add to the dry ingredients and using your hands or pastry cutter cut the butter in until it resembles crumbs. Mix the sour cream with the water and add to the flour and butter mixture. Mix with a fork until you have a cohesive dough. Gather into a ball, press into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour before rolling it out.
  3. Note: if making in a 9x13-inch rectangle double the recipe for the dough so you will have enough overhang.
  1. The Greens Filling
  2. Clean your greens well making sure to remove any grit, remove the tough parts of the stems, chop the greens. Chop the leeks, scallions, marjoram and basil. In a large heavy dutch oven, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add the leeks, scallions, and shallot, and cook until they soften. Add the red pepper flakes and the chopped greens, marjoram, and basil. Sauté until they are tender and most of the liquid has cooked down. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan, drain any liquid. Set aside.
  3. To a large mixing bowl, add the ricotta, parmigiano, heavy cream, and 3 eggs, plus a big pinch each of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly, Add the cooled vegetables and mix together. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Heat oven to 375F. Butter a baking pan or rectangular casserole. On a floured surface, roll your dough into a rectangle approximately 22x16-inches. Flour your dough lightly and roll loosely onto your rolling pin. Place in baking pan or casserole. There will be approximately a 2-inch overhang. Don't trim. If your casserole is not that exact size, don't worry—the recipe is very forgiving.
  5. Spoon the filling into the baking pan and bring your dough overhang onto the filling. It will not cover the entire surface. only about a 2-inch border all around. Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then cut into squares. I like to serve with a fresh tomato sauce.

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  • Bevi
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  • SKK
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando. I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.

14 Reviews

Bevi September 1, 2011
This just be be the dish that gets my spouse to eat his greens. I'll let you know how it goes....
GiGi26 September 1, 2011 sounds heavenly! I've save it and added it to my must make list!
lapadia September 1, 2011
Sounds fantastic, mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing it :)
TheWimpyVegetarian August 31, 2011
Absolutely fabulous!!! Save this to make it this week. I'm always on the hunt for great recipes with greens - and this will become a favorite I can tell! I have one of LB's cookbooks and I love cooking from it. And I can totally see Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce over this :-)
inpatskitchen August 31, 2011
Oh yes!! The tomato sauce!!
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 31, 2011
Oh! How stunning!
SKK August 31, 2011
Oh my - can't wait to try this!
ashleychasesdinner August 29, 2011
Glad you didn't have any major damage! Can't wait to try this recipe!
Niknud August 28, 2011
I agree with everyone - this sounds so yummy! Glad you didn't have too much damage and I second (or fifth) the call for pictures when you get dried out.
drbabs August 28, 2011
yum. stay dry!
drbabs August 28, 2011
here, too.
inpatskitchen August 27, 2011
This sounds lovely!...get through the weather issues and show us a pic!
AntoniaJames August 27, 2011
You had me at the semolina + olive oil in the dough. Just love the elegant simplicity of this. Definitely on the must-make list. Brava!! ;o)
EmilyC August 27, 2011
This sounds fantastic sdebrango! Can't wait for the photos!