I love this dish, a rich savory pie made with whatever greens I find at the farmers’ market. I’ve made it with kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, radish tops, beet greens, half a bunch of parsley—if it’s green and leafy, it’s going in the torta! A generous amount of olive oil and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano enriches the greens and prevents the torta from feeling too restrained, too healthful. Serve thin wedges of this as a starter.
FOR THE DOUGH
FOR THE FILLING
Make the dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, water, olive oil, and salt. Mix on medium speed until a smooth dough forms, then wrap the dough ball in plastic and let rest at room temperature while you make the filling.
Make the filling: Wash the greens well. In a large pot, bring a few inches of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the greens and cook until they wilt, about 2 minutes. (Depending on the size of your pot, you may need to do this in batches.) Transfer the wilted greens to a colander and let cool. When cool enough to handle, grab handfuls and squeeze firmly over the sink to remove as much liquid as possible. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor.
Add the eggs, cheese, olive oil, salt, and nutmeg to the food processor and pulse until the greens are finely chopped and the mixture is well combined.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and cut into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. With a rolling pin, roll the larger piece of dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter and transfer to a 10-inch round cast-iron frying pan or ceramic pie plate, leaving the overhang. Add the filling, smoothing it into an even layer. Roll the second piece of dough into a 10-inch circle and use it to top the pie. Pull the overhanging dough over the top piece of dough to seal, then cut a few steam vents in the top crust with the tip of a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.
Brush the top of the pie with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake until golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, then cut into wedges. Serve warm.
Reprinted with permission from Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook by Anya Fernald with Jessica Battilana, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
"Vegetables are perishable, so we don't have any indication of what they looked like 500 years ago," says James Nienhuis, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin.