Potatoes, chard, and cheese come together in this comforting and rustic dish, perfect for a cold winter's evening. If you have a mandoline, this comes together in seconds. Individual ramekins make this doable for one or two people, without an unholy amount of cheesy leftovers. Recipe and video in post! This post may contain an affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).
From no snow to all the snow! Somerville, Massachusetts

Individual Potato Chard Terrines: comfort in a ramekin

Deep winter has arrived, and with it, the need for comfort food, like Individual Potato Chard Terrines. Yesterday Boston tied its record for most snow in a single day, just shy of two feet (.61 meters), had the storm started just a little bit later Friday night, we would have broken it.

My native New Hampshire may scoff, but we did go from no snow on the ground to full-blown winter in a day. And, given the cold temperatures, it’s unlikely to go anywhere early this week. We have hope for things warming up next week.

Until then, we go to our ovens for comfort.

Potato Chard Terrines
Simple ingredients come together in a comforting, rustic dish

A recipe I’ve tweaked over the years

I used to make something like this as a vegetarian main course back in the day. However, the recipe I had called for entirely too much butter, cheese, and cream, and the recipe as written always wound up a bit messy.

I’ve made adjustments over the years and got the dairy amounts right (we’re still definitely in comfort food territory), but I still would wind up with too much of it to have it in regular rotation. So, this winter, I’ve experimented with making them individual sized. Behold, they are good.

Individual terrines—just enough, and all the good bits

Making these Potato Chard Terrines individual sized means that each serving has edges and nice centers, meaning that every serving has the best of the worlds. They also bake more quickly, making this dish doable on a weeknight (the full-sized terrine takes over an hour to bake).

Easy assembly

If you have a mandoline, your prep work won’t take but a minute (but be super careful!). Use it to get even, thin slices, which will layer better and cook evenly. Otherwise, just remove the center stem from the chard leaves and cut it into ribbons.

Assemble in layers, with salt and pepper, butter, and grated Gruyere (you can substitute cheddar or Swiss). Pour a bit of cream over the ramekins, grate some nutmeg, and add a final dot of butter. Cover with foil and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a knife passes easily through the potatoes. Then remove the foil and bake for another five minutes.

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Individual Potato Chard Terrines

Individual Potato Chard Terrines

Potatoes, swiss chard, and cheese come together in this comforting, rustic dish. Individual servings let you adjust the numbers so that those of us who are single don't wind up with an unholy amount of cheesy leftovers.
If you have a mandoline, this will come together in seconds, and the individual servings mean that these cook up faster than a whole terrine.
Perfect for a winter's day, this dish will make you grateful that it's snowing.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 Mandoline This makes short work of slicing the potatoes, but do take extreme care in using
  • 2 ramekins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small russet potato, sliced thinly using a mandoline or a very sharp knife see note
  • 2 medium chard leaves, center rib removed, and sliced into ribbons
  • cup Gruyere cheese, shredded substitute cheddar or swiss
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter, cut into little cubes, plus a little more to grease the ramekins this is approximate. See instructions
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • freshly grated nutmeg, optional to taste
  • cut clove of garlic to rub the ramekin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two ramekins with butter and then rub with the cut clove of garlic
  • In one of the ramekins, begin by making a layer of potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with one or two of the little butter cubes, breaking them in half as you do so. Next, add a layer of chard (it will be bulky, but it will cook down). Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat two more times, pressing down on the chard to make a little more room. Repeat the whole process with the second ramekin
    Individual Potato Chard Terrines
  • Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Pour one tablespoon of cream over the ramekin and grate a little nutmeg on top
    Individual Potato Chard Terrines, adding the cream
  • Cover the ramekins with foil (be careful not to have the foil too close to the cheese, as it will stick a bit) and then bake about 25-30 minutes, or you can insert a knife through the potatoes easily. Remove the foil, and then bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese and chard have browned a bit (optional)
    Individual potato chard terrines, baked
  • Serve in the ramekins
    Individual Potato Chard Terrines

Video

Notes

It's highly likely that you'll have leftover sliced potato, which unfortunately, will not keep for another use another day. Try to use smaller russet potatoes to avoid too many leftovers. You'll use less than you think.
I didn't tell you this, but you could make potato chips with the leftover potatoes.
Keyword chard, potato
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