Chard and Tomato Gratin, puppies & sunflowers again

This is one of those dishes that turned out well even though I went at it all wrong.

I’ve been doing that lately. I blame it on the dogs, but more about that later….

I got the idea from Anneli at Delicieux and her Chard Panade.

As usual, I read the recipe, liked it, decided to make it and promptly forgot everything I read.

As I piled the chard into the gratin dish I realized that what I was about to do was not going to yield the the intended results.

It was too late to change anything so I popped it in the oven and hoped.

We were most pleased.

Next time I’ll try making this recipe but doing it the right way.

The time after that I’ll try making Anneli’s recipe the right way.

Chard and Tomato Gratin

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 7oz (210gr) chard Swiss chard
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 1 large tomato or 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4oz (125gr) fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • big handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard

Chard and Tomato Gratin


  • Wash the chard and trim any bad bits.
  • Stack the leaves together and fold over, the long way.  Slice into thin strips, about 1/2″ (1cm) using both leaves and stems, keeping stems separate.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.  Add shallots, stems and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together the eggs, yogurt and mustard.
  • In a gratin dish make the following layers:shallots / stems. chard, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes, pressing down to compact the chard.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the top.
  • Cover with foil, making a bit of a tent if needed to keep it off the gratin.
  • Bake, 400F (200C) for 20 minutes
  • Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer..
  • Remove and serve.

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I took photos of the girls last week.

Guapa posed nicely for me

guapa_augBonnie couldn’t be bothered.

bonnie_augI’ve been so pleased with them lately.

They’ve been such good dogs.

Yeah, you know where this is headed don’t you….

We (mon mari joins us on that walk) have been doing the noon walk without leashes for over a year with very few problems.

The bunnies aren’t around at noon; plus I have a pocket full of treats.

I’ve been walking them without leashes for the afternoon walk for the last several months with very few problems.

The bunnies aren’t around in late afternoon; plus I have a pocket full of treats.

In the morning I use the leashes.

There are lots and lots of bunnies.

They haven’t gotten away from me for several months.

This morning, as we walked passed some grazing bunnies (at a distance) I thought to myself how very well-behaved they were…. Perhaps they were finally growing up and settling down.

Two seconds later a bunny ran out of the brush behind me, the dogs circled around, tangled their leashes and took off behind me.

I can’t say they got away because, in the interest of not having both arms dislocated, I let go of the leashes.

They raced into the sunflowers, leashes dragging behind.

Did I mention that it rained yesterday? A lot?

It hasn’t rained in weeks – timing is everything, isn’t it.

I stood on the hill, calling, watching the sunflowers waving, calling some more and thinking I should have risked shoulder dislocations.

They finally meandered out, mud up to there elbows / knees and rocks and stones stuck in their toes….

Their pretty leashes were trailing behind, caked with mud.

They had picked up burs and sticky weeds and whatever.

We were not pleased.

I hosed down the leashes and hung them out to dry.

I would have liked to do the same to the doggies.

I waited until the mud dried, then attempted to clean paws and tummies and tails.

They knew they’d been bad and were very contrite all day.

Until we went for the afternoon walk.

They did it again…. same place in the sunflowers, obviously still looking for the bunny from this morning.

I have no idea why they didn’t do it at noon, but they didn’t and I thought they’d forgotten.

I was wrong.

They’ve lost their off-leash privileges for the foreseeable future.

Or longer….

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

4 thoughts on “Chard and Tomato Gratin, puppies & sunflowers again”

  1. Sometimes the mistakes make for the best food, and memories. I usually have trouble replicating the mistake, so the dish doesn’t taste as good the next, when it’s made properly.

    “We were not pleased.” Bet they were.

  2. I’m with you in this one – just when I think my Cora has decided to be a lady, she reverts back to chasing puppyhood. You were smart to let go of those leashes.

  3. Dan, they were quite happy with themselves. As to the food – I keep telling myself to take notes. I keep ignoring me….

    Kate, all day and it involved lots of sweeping as they left piles of dirt and stones everywhere they sat.

    Zoomie, I guess I should be happy they keep reverting… Keeps them young. Just wish they’d stay out of the sunflowers!

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