Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Wrap Up Your Veggies!

Tortilla Ripiene con Bietola & Formaggio Blu con Pomodoro, Oregano & Timo
Baked Tortillas with Swiss Chard & Blue Cheese and Tomatoes, Oregano & Thyme


As you well know by now- I like my meals to be simple, I like them preferably to be healthy and I like them to be tasty and attractive too if possible... after all, we all want to enjoy our what we have gone to the trouble of preparing for ourselves!

And this meal was all of those things!

Best of all, it used such simple ingredients but had such comforting flavors that it is a great meal to end a hard day with... like a pretty little reward once you finally sit down to rest, relax and enjoy...

But first- we do have a little more work to get done before we can do so!


The idea behind this was to make something similar in flavor to one of my favorite cannelloni recipes, with Swiss chard, bechamel and tomato sauce... but I got home a little late from work and didn't want to slave for too long over a hot stove- amazingly!

And the simple fact is that I had the tortillas and the blue cheese at home... I didn't really know why I had picked them up this Saturday... but then suddenly- I did! Funny how you can suddenly become inspired that way! (I think it could also have something to do with extreme hunger- lol!)


So, I had my nice little bunch of chard, just 1/4 of a small pack of blue cheese, 2 tomatoes, 1 onion, fresh oregano and thyme and then simply salt, pepper, olive oil... and that was plenty to fill up 2 flour tortillas and to transform them into a spectacularly good supper!


Still tasty and delicious, whilst not being fried or soaked in fatty sauces or dressings- these were slightly crispy on the outside whilst being juicy and rich and flavorful within... and what's not to like about that?


To make them, start off by slicing up your onion and frying it in just a little olive oil until it begins to turn brown.


Whilst the onion sizzles away, chop the chard into bite-sized pieces and rinse thoroughly, then transfer it to the pan whilst it is still relatively wet. Season with a little salt and pepper, put on the lid and let it wilt down and begin to cook for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, stir it thoroughly, add a little splash more water, to deglaze the pan and return the lid to let it continue steaming for 10 minutes... and in the meantime, turn on the oven to get it nice and hot and ready!


After around 20 minutes cooking time in all, the chard will be tender and delicious with the sweetness of the onion compensating wonderfully for the chards own earthy flavor... it makes so much difference!


Spoon the chard onto the center of the tortilla and add a little blue cheese all along- don't overdo it mind you- it is very rich and can end up being salty if you add too much!


Now simply fold the tortilla shut like and envelop and lay out the sliced tomato on top. tuck a few oregano leaves under it, sprinkle thyme leaves over it, season with salt and pepper and you are almost ready for baking!

Pop the wrapped-up tortillas onto a baking dish, drizzle with a little olive oil, but especially the tomatoes and the herbs and then bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and wonderful...


... and looking something remarkably like this!

Serve with a scattering of those herbs, as they will go so well with the tomato... and grab a hold of your taste buds! This is so wonderfully rich and the combination of all of the ingredients is so perfect that I am pretty sure you are going to love it!

This ain't Mexican- that much is for sure! It's also not Italian... but so what? The important thing is that it's simple, it's delicious... and oh yeah... that you saw it here first!

Now go enjoy it and spread the word!

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