Basmati Rice, Pepper and Chard Gratin

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I love gratins, especially when they’re topped with a sharp cheese.

Usually when I make a gratin the ingredients are melded together, either with multiple layers or stirred together before baking.

I decided on a different approach for this…..Primarily because I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to dirty another bowl.

I also thought that the egg mixture would seep through the rice as it baked.

It didn’t.

Instead it turned into a cheesy custard on top of the rice, making a a third layer.

I think I discovered something new – and definitely delicious.

Basmati Rice and Chard Gratin

Total time: 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
  • 8oz (240gr) chard, stems and leaves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • (3oz, 90gr) cheese, sliced or shredded I used white cheddar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) Greek or plain yogurt
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard

Basmati Rice and Chard Gratin


  • Cook rice in chicken stock until done,  usually about 15
  • Wash the chard and trim any bad bits. Stack the leaves together and fold over, the long way. Slice into thin strips, using both leaves and stems, but try to keep stems separate.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add onion, pepper, and chard stems; sauté until tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the chard leaves and sauté until wilted.  Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  • Whisk eggs, yogurt, mustard and milk together.
  • To assemble:
  • Spread chard / onion mixture in the bottom of a baking dish just large enough to hold everything.
  • Spread rice evenly over the chard.
  • Lay cheese on top of the rice.
  • Pour egg mixture over the top and bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes, 400F (200C), until nicely browned and set.
  • Remove and serve.

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I have ugly tomatoes…. A lot of ugly tomatoes, actually.

I think it has to do with the growing conditions this summer: very hot, dry weather for weeks, followed by heavy rain, followed by very hot and dry again.

Or I am absolutely clueless about how to grow them properly.

Regardless…. They are very tasty and I have a lot of them.

I peeled and chopped this lot for the freezer – a bit over 8 pounds. I’ll be making colorful soups this winter.

Ugly Tomatoes

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Last update on August 30, 2015

6 thoughts on “Basmati Rice, Pepper and Chard Gratin”

  1. Usually, when the tomatoes lack water for some time, then get a lot, they get stretch marks. That’s exactly what they look like anyway and what I’ve always called them. But I see that when I have those conditions.

    I’m getting the feed in my reader just fine and I just signed up for the emails again. I’ll let you know if they don’t come through.

  2. I have signed up for the emails again. With the assistance of our son, we cleared the grenier and an old shed last week and made 12 trips to the déchetterie so I didn’t register the lack of emails!

  3. nightsmusic, we had a day of heavy rains, I assume that’s what did it.

    Kate, thanks for letting me know

    Gill, I’m always amazed at the stuff left when people sell…. That’s a lot of cleaning!

  4. Those tomatoes are anything but ugly! They’re wonderful!! I love the wildly non-spherical shapes and the many colours. Who cares that some small six-legged (??) creatures appear to have been sharing them with you.

    Mmm… tomato soup….

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