Chard-and-Goat-Cheese Strudel with Indian Flavors

Chef Way The seasoning in this strudel includes ajwain seed, a common Indian spice.

Easy Way Instead of ajwain, opt for caraway, which has a very similar flavor.

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  • Servings: 6 first-course servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 12 ounces), stems finely chopped and leaves coarsely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 4 sheets of phyllo dough, plus more in case of tearing
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the fennel, cumin and caraway seeds and cook over high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the onion, garlic and chopped chard stems and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the chard leaves, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until softened and any liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then fold in the goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a work surface, butter and stack the four sheets of phyllo dough; butter the top sheet. Spread the chard filling along a long edge, leaving about 1 inch of phyllo at each end. Roll up the phyllo to form a long cylinder, tucking in the ends as you go. Transfer the strudel to the baking sheet, seam side down and brush with butter. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden and crisp. Let cool for 20 minutes, then cut into 12 pieces and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Tangy, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.

Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published February 2010

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