Watch Cooking Channel

Meatless Monday: Swiss Chard au Gratin French Bread Pizzas

french bread pizza
French bread pizza was on the menu every Friday at my elementary school cafeteria. I never once tried it (the plastic-looking cheese and brown-ish sauce freaked me right out) but I’ve always loved the idea of French bread pizza. It sounds somewhat foreign and exotic, to my 6-year-old self at least (I thought it actually was French), but in reality it’s just a great way to turn a store-bought loaf of bread (you can even use day-old bread) into a meal.

You can top your loaf with plain old sauce and cheese, or fancy it up a bit with those greens you bought but aren’t sure what to do with. To save a little time, make the Swiss chard au Gratin mixture (that just means greens in a creamy, cheesy sauce) ahead of time and bake everything before you’re ready to eat.

Rachael Ray’s Swiss Chard au Gratin French Bread Pizzas
Serves: 4

Kosher salt
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds Swiss chard or rainbow chard (3 or 4 large bunches)
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
Freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 recipe Roasted Garlic Paste, recipe follows (or 2 heads roasted garlic)
2 cups shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
One 24-inch loaf French bread or 2 smaller loaves (3 inches wide)

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Remove the stems from the chard but keep the leaves whole. Add the chard to the boiling water (the pot will be packed at first) and cook for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and run under cool water. Drain again, then wrap the chard in a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove the excess water. Chop the chard.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Stir in 1/3 cup Roasted Garlic Paste.

Spread half the chard in the bottom of a medium casserole dish. Top with half the garlic sauce and half the cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the cheese. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and turn on the broiler.

Halve the bread lengthwise, then cut in half crosswise to make four 12-inch-long pieces. Broil the bread, cut-side up, until charred, about 1 minute. Slather with the remaining Roasted Garlic Paste and top each piece with one-quarter of the chard au gratin. Cut each pizza in half and serve.

The unbaked chard au gratin can covered be and refrigerated for a make-ahead meal. Bring to room temperature, then bake as directed.

Roasted Garlic Paste:

6 heads garlic, tops trimmed off to expose all of the cloves
1 cup EVOO
3 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the garlic in a cluster on a large piece of foil and drizzle with 1/4 cup EVOO. Wrap up the garlic in the foil to make a tightly sealed pouch. Roast until very tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then squeeze the garlic from the skins into a food processor. Add the remaining 3/4 cup EVOO and the honey and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, then transfer to a small container. (Alternatively, you can mash the garlic paste with a fork instead of using a food processor.)

More Meatless Better-Than-Cafeteria Food:

Three Cheese Quesadillas
Grilled Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Bean Burrito
Breadstick Dunkers
Dilly Egg Salad Sandwiches

Tags:

Comments (1029)

  1. Jeremiah Lamb posted 02/04/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[…]……

  2. Tia Blankinship posted 02/04/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  3. Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  4. paleo diet food list posted 02/05/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  5. Oral HCG Weight Loss posted 02/05/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool info…

  6. 10 gb online storage posted 02/05/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related websites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  7. Internet Marketer posted 02/05/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[…]……

  8. chat rooms posted 02/05/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  9. Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  10. […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

    […]usually posts some really interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  11. Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  12. Jaime Peppers posted 02/07/2013

    great internet web website…

    Greetings. This technique post being real inspiring, particularly due to the fact Document may be looking just for ideas that way trouble continue Thursday night evening….

  13. Colombia posted 02/07/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  14. paranasal sinuses posted 02/07/2013

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

    […]usually posts some really interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  15. games xbox posted 02/08/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  16. POTPOURRI HERBAL INCENSE posted 02/08/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  17. webcammodeling posted 02/08/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  18. model jobs posted 02/08/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  19. Flyer Printing posted 02/08/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  20. She Males posted 02/09/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  21. vital sleep review posted 02/09/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are few of the sites we recommend to our visitors[…]……

  22. fully-equipped award-winning posted 02/09/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  23. cash for diamonds posted 02/10/2013

    You should check this out…

    […] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]……

  24. 000 monthly posted 02/10/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  25. music posted 02/10/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  26. desfibriladores posted 02/12/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  27. Online Article……

    […]The info mentioned in this post are valueable […]……

  28. niche market research posted 02/12/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  29. sbwire story posted 02/13/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around online and realized…

  30. Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  31. buy zetaclear posted 02/14/2013

    You should check this out…

    […] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]……

  32. get competitive quotes here posted 02/14/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other blogs, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  33. krav maga san diego poway posted 02/14/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  34. articulare kind braggat posted 02/14/2013

    placed near the top of the post…

    on the left or the right. this aligns your introductory paragraph with the picture and allows the body of your post to take up the full width of the post page. you can resize the picture to align so that this…

  35. […]we prefer to honor several other net internet sites on the net, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Underneath are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

    […]Here are some of the web sites we advise for our visitors[…]…

  36. residences @ emerald hill posted 02/14/2013

    Cool sites…

    […]we came across a nice site that you might be interested in. Take a look if you want[…]……

  37. photo gift posted 02/14/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    […]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]……

  38. blogs posted 02/15/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  39. SEO Referral Commissions posted 02/15/2013

    You should check this out…

    […] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]……

  40. HERBAL INCENSE ONLINE posted 02/16/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[…]……

  41. primal burn system posted 02/16/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    […]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]……

  42. video poker posted 02/16/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  43. click here posted 02/16/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  44. Dion Mink posted 02/16/2013

    attractive number of questions…

    With caused by get revealing your individual thinking all these kinds of. Other element is undoubtedly this every 2nd tricky occurs along with any pc motherboard, people it’s quite likely mustn’t never hang on of – bring probability along with burden…

  45. vascular dementia posted 02/17/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The info mentioned in the article are valueable […]……

  46. what is the word of god posted 02/17/2013

    Sources…

    […]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]……

  47. what is the cause of autism posted 02/17/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]beneath you’ll find the link to few sites that we think you should see[…]……

  48. Cheap deals posted 02/17/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  49. how to regrow hair naturally posted 02/18/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  50. Google posted 02/18/2013

    Google…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c