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Meatless Monday: Swiss Chard au Gratin French Bread Pizzas

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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

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