Caramelized Onion & Swiss Chard Pie

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So generally, on Wednesdays, I feature a “How-To” post.  You know the schedule.  Obviously…this is not a how-to post.  I had grand plans for a wonderfully detailed post on pan frying scallops.  I even had the most beautiful scallops I’ve ever seen in my life.  But no tips and definitely no scallops are featured here today.  My sweet, sweet husband “stole” the camera leaving me and my scallops picture-less.  Oh well – maybe another time (those scallops were delicious!).

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swiss chard recipes, swiss chard pie, vegetarian recipes Instead of pan-fried scallops, you get an equally delicious recipe – Caramelized Onion and Swiss Chard pie!!  Such a great comfort dish.  And yes, I’ve been doing a lot of those “comfort dishes” lately.  It’s officially Fall and therefore officially the season for warm, comforting food.  All the time.  Everyday.  And this dish fits the bill – crispy crunchy phyllo dough covering a cheesy, creamy swiss chard filling.  Let’s just say “yum” is an under statement.

Swisschardpie1 This swiss chard pie is kinda of a rip off on a dish that my Mom makes.  Actually many of my dishes are.  Thanks Mom!  She had the genius idea to put the swiss chard in the food processor which makes it really creamy and delicious.  Somehow processing it makes it super tender and easier to eat.  Trust – it’s a must in this recipe.  My additions to this recipe came in the form of copious amounts of cheese, a thick layer of caramelized onions and some sweet roasted red peppers.  All together?  Flavor party in your mouth!

swiss chard recipes, swiss chard pie, vegetarian recipes Caramelized Onion & Swiss Chard Pie:

  • 4 lbs swiss chard or other dark greens
  • 1 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 oz light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large saute pan, add in half of the olive oil and heat over medium.  Add in the onions and cook slowly for about 20-30 minutes or until onions are a deep golden brown and caramelized.  Set aside.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the saute pan and heat over medium high.  Add in part of the greens and saute until they are completely wilted – keep adding in greens until you get them all in the pan.  Cook until all greens are wilted – drain of any excess liquid.
  4. Add your wilted greens, 2 eggs, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and nutmeg to the bowl of a food processor.  Process until mostly smooth – but don’t puree it!  You may need to mix it by hand a little afterwards to incorporate the ingredients.
  5. In an 8″x*8″ greased pan, spread out the swiss chard mixture evenly.  Top with the caramelized onions. Then add add on a layer of the roasted onions.
  6. Layer on one sheet of phyllo dough and spray lightly with olive oil or cooking spray.  Then layer on another sheet of phyllo dough.  Repeat with a few sprays of olive oil or cooking spray.  Repeat with the remaining sheets of phyllo dough.
  7. Bake pie for about 45 minutes or until warmed through and phyllo is golden and crispy.  Serve warm!


  1. lindsay | rosemarried

    October 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    This looks right up my alley! So wintery and wonderful — and I always have chard of kale in the garden. Love it, thank you!

    • mewinebrenner

      October 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      It is quite wintery! Perfect make-a-head warm and cozy meal!

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