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Rustic Squash and Kale Tart + World Vegan Feast Giveaway!

It’s “Bryanna Day” on my blog today with a giveaway of World Vegan Feast: 200 Fabulous Recipes from Over 50 Countries by Bryanna Clark Grogan and the sharing of her fabulous recipe for Italian Rustic Squash and Kale Tart.  Shown above, this tart is among my favorite recipes in World Vegan Feast, and that’s saying something, because I happen to love this book.  Filled with recipes from around the world, many of them are recipes you won’t find anywhere else, all developed with the care and detail that makes Bryanna’s recipes so special.

I love to pick up World Vegan Feast and read it like a novel — it’s filled with interesting anecdotal information and cooking tips written in Bryanna’s friendly voice, that makes you feel like you’re talking to your neighbor over coffee — if your neighbor happened to be a fabulous vegan chef and food expert.

Just a few of my other favorite recipes in World Vegan Feast include: Sizzling Saigon Crepes, Peruvian-Style Crispy Tofu and Cabbage Salad, Creole Grits and Grillades, Swarma Wraps, Maple-Chocolate Shoofly Pie, and Triple-Ginger Cake with Espresso Frosting.  If you enjoy baking bread, you will not want to miss Bryanna’s International Bread Sampler — a chapter filled with incredible bread recipes from around the world.

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY: I think everyone should have a copy of World Vegan Feast, so I’m going to do my part and give a copy to at least ONE lucky person.  To enter the giveaway, here’s all you need to do:  simply leave a comment at the end of this post listing your favorite comfort food.  A winner will be chosen on Friday, October 19 at 9 o’clock AM, Eastern time and announced later that day.  Don’t delay, enter now!  For additional chances to win, you can also do any or all of the following and then leave another comment telling me what you did.

1. Link to this giveaway on Twitter.
2. Link to this giveaway on Facebook.
3. Link to this giveaway on your blog.

Now here’s that recipe from World Vegan Feast.  When I make this, I add a little garlic (because I’m Italian and I love garlic!) and some white beans (for added protein to make this a “one-dish” meal).  It’s absolutely fabulous and can be easy to put together, especially if you have leftover squash in the fridge.
Italian Rustic Squash and Kale Tart
Serves 4

It’s hard to believe that this vegetable filling can taste so “meaty,” but it does in this absolute winner of a dish! The crispy olive oil pastry (a traditional, frugal peasant recipe designed to use as little expensive olive oil as possible) is easy to make and low in fat (about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil per serving). If you want to make a larger tart, double both the filling and the pastry recipes and bake it on a 14-inch pizza pan. Recipe is from World Vegan Feast by Bryanna Clark Grogan (c) 2011.

1 cup unbleached white flour (do not use pastry flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup ice-cold water

4 ounces kale, tough stems removed, washed, drained and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 to 5 green onions, chopped
6 ounces butternut squash (or other “meaty” winter squash), peeled, and cut in 1/2-inch dice
3 tablespoons walnut parmesan  or finely chopped toasted walnuts
salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Pastry: Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the oil and mix with your fingers or a fork. Dribble in the cold water slowly, mixing with a fork as you go. When it holds together, knead it gently into a ball, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

 Filling: Steam the squash until just tender. Steam the kale until tender, then cool it under cold running water, drain it and then squeeze as much water out of it as you can. Chop the kale with a sharp knife.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add both kinds of onions. Stir-fry until tender. Add the kale and squash, Walnut Parm, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

On a lightly-floured piece of baking parchment, roll the pastry out into a thin 14-inch circle. Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough onto an oiled 10-inch pie pan (see Tip). Pile the filling in the middle of the dough and spread it out evenly. Bring up the edges around the filling to make a “freeform” pie, pleating the dough over the Filling and leaving an open circle of filling in the center.

 Brush the dough with a little olive oil and cover the exposed filling with a circle of foil. Bake the tart for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough is golden. Cut into wedges to serve. It’s good hot, warm, or cold.

Tip: To transfer fragile pastry dough into a pan without tearing, flour the top of the circle lightly and then gently fold it in half and then in half again. Gently lift the pastry into the pie pan, letting the edges of the pastry overhang the edge of the pan. Carefully unfold the dough. Another way is to lightly flour the pastry and roll it up loosely around a rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to transfer the dough to the pan and unroll the pastry over the pan.




{ 110 comments… add one }

  • Melanie October 15, 2012, 2:40 pm

    My favorite comfort food is anything creamy like Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom bake – yum!

  • Laura October 15, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Pesto, on just about anything.

  • Rusty M. October 15, 2012, 2:43 pm

    My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. I grew up making it from a box (my sister and brother thought I was the best cook EVER!) but I now love the vegan version. Thanks for the chance to win. Also linked this on Facebook and Twitter.

  • A.H. October 15, 2012, 3:00 pm

    This recipe looks incredible – it just may become my favorite after I attempt to make it haha. But comfort food….who can beat a dish full of hot, steamy, delicously cooked veggie pot pie….loaded with hearty veggies and oozing with thick, juicy gravy….under a crisp and flaky crust…..my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I tweeted the givaway – @Mandoo322 and also put up on my FB page. Good luck to all and here’s hoping! Off to try the recipe now 😉


  • rebecca b. October 15, 2012, 3:03 pm

    my favorite comfort food is chocolate!

  • rebecca b. October 15, 2012, 3:05 pm

    retweeted your tweet linking this giveaway!

  • Beth October 15, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Wow, that tart looks yummy! My favorite comfort food is chocolate chip cookies… makes everything better instantly!

  • julee October 15, 2012, 3:31 pm

    mac daddy!

  • Sarah Dickinson October 15, 2012, 3:33 pm

    My most comforting meal is a spicy Tom Yam soup my husband makes for me when I’m ill. Lemongrass and ginger- yum!

  • Brenda Salloum October 15, 2012, 3:39 pm

    My favorite comfort food is organic salad. I actually feel so comforted after I know I’ve eaten lots of greens.
    My favorite comfort treat is organic dark chocolate.

  • Ruby Sleigh October 15, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Favourite comfort food has to be a lentil shephards pie-warms you right through and fills every gap!

  • Miet October 15, 2012, 3:41 pm

    My favourite comfort food is granola with some almond milk. Just had some, in fact!

  • Krista October 15, 2012, 3:41 pm

    My favorite comfort food is chocolate, but sweet potatoes run a close second.

  • Alanna October 15, 2012, 3:54 pm

    My favourite comfort food is Shepherd’s Pie…..or Mac-N-Cheese. It’s hard to decide 😉

  • Rasmus October 15, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Kale is definately my favorite vegetable and it’s also perfect for comfort food, like pasta with a creamy kale sauce.

  • Kristin Troska October 15, 2012, 4:09 pm

    My favorite comfort food is Cauliflower soup!

  • Kristin Troska October 15, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Shared on Facebook!

  • Jasmine October 15, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Mac n cheese, or french fries, or biscuits and gravy.

  • Janel M. October 15, 2012, 4:59 pm

    My favorite comfort food is vegan Mac and Cheeze, and vegan pumpkin pie. *drooling*

  • Janel M. October 15, 2012, 5:00 pm
  • Elisabeth October 15, 2012, 5:00 pm

    My favourite comfort food is the split pea soup in Bryanna’s Nonna’s Italien Kitchen cookbook. I loooooove it. I’m usually not a big fan of soups but I eat even the last drop of this one. I use dried green peas for this one and usually add zucchini and other veggies I have on hand. But even without, this one is delicious, filling, yummy and very comforting. Especially in colder days like these.

  • Leticia H October 15, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Been cooking vegan for over a year now, always looking for delicious flavourful recipes to try>

  • Molly October 15, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Favorite comfort food? Massaged kale salad. Yum.

  • Vicky Talbert October 15, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Sweet potatoes with spicy peanut sauce – or noodles with spicy peanut sauce – or potatoes with spicy peanut sauce – or rice with spicy peanut sauce. Can’t decide.

  • Katie October 15, 2012, 5:25 pm

    My favourite comfort food was always my grandma’s chicken and dumplings. Now I make it with soy curls instead of the chicken, but it still hits the spot when I need a cozy blanket of a meal.

  • Donna Bridy October 15, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Definitely lentil soup. I also love faux mashed potatoes made with cauliflower. Thank you for offering the chance to win this cookbook! (Pick me, please!)

  • Suzy Smeltzer October 15, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Carbs! Lol….Mac n cheeze, noodles with peanut sauce, pizza, cake!

  • Jen O October 15, 2012, 5:56 pm

    My favorite comfort food is vegan mac and cheese! Instant pick-me-up!

  • Jen O October 15, 2012, 5:57 pm

    And I posted the giveaway on twitter: https://twitter.com/mostlybliss/status/257963324044607488
    Thank you!

  • Basil October 15, 2012, 6:51 pm

    Well, comfort food. That’s a hard one – although, I do looove a good seitan stew, with huge chunks of veggies.

  • Basil October 15, 2012, 6:53 pm

    Posted this on facebook!

  • Jojo October 15, 2012, 7:12 pm

    I would love to win this competition! That tart looks amazing and my very favourite comfort food would have to be mac & cheese.

  • Lindsay October 15, 2012, 7:48 pm

    My favorite comfort food is the vegan shepherd’s pie off the vegcooking.com website. It’s my go-to winter recipes!

  • Carole October 15, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Vegan Shepherd’s Pie is a lovely comfort food…also mac ‘n’ cheeze. I’m not too ambitious to make it vegan style at home, so I buy the organic vegan version from the frozen food section of the supermarket.

  • Ashley October 15, 2012, 8:25 pm

    My favorite comfort food is pizza! 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Kelli October 15, 2012, 8:31 pm

    mac and cheese

  • charj October 15, 2012, 8:32 pm

    My favorites tend to change with the seasons. Currently, my favorite comfort food is tomato and rice soup.

  • Peggy Stermer-Cox October 15, 2012, 8:36 pm

    Hi Robin,
    OH! My sister and I were talking about cooking kale and this looks YUMMY! I love the smell of kale when its cooking; sort of earthy. My current favorite comfort food is old fashioned peanut butter. You are generous to share, thanks!

  • Ashley October 15, 2012, 8:37 pm

    I tweeted!

  • dana October 15, 2012, 8:46 pm

    mashed potatoes

  • Erin October 15, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Wow, that tart looks amazing. I think potatoes in any form are my favorite comfort food.

  • Melissa October 15, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Bread is definitely comfort food for me so I’m intrigued by the chapter of breads from around the world!

  • Gail Lloyd October 15, 2012, 9:50 pm

    my favorite comfort food is a baked potato. With lots of pepper.

  • Carolyn Strickland October 15, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Oh wow, that rustic tart looks divine! My favorite comfort food has always been mac and cheese, but now I eat it made with a butternut squash sauce instead of dairy. So much better that way!

  • Cathy October 15, 2012, 10:20 pm

    My favorite comfort food has got to be vegan phad thai!

  • Amanda (AmethystJean) October 15, 2012, 10:21 pm

    My favourite comfort food is pizza (and lasagna, though I have never tried making it vegan so it’s been awhile) 🙁

  • Amanda (AmethystJean) October 15, 2012, 10:25 pm

    I linked on Facebook.com /careyaj

  • Jen October 15, 2012, 10:46 pm

    Mac n’ cheese! MMMM, the vegan version tastes even better than the boxed stuff!

  • radioactivegan October 15, 2012, 11:01 pm

    My favorite comfort food is probably mashed potatoes. I’m a down-home kind of girl 🙂

  • Beth Ann October 15, 2012, 11:06 pm

    my favorite comfort food is shells stuffed with tofu herbed ricotta and marinara

  • Andrea October 15, 2012, 11:47 pm

    Mashed potatoes or vegetable pot pie!

  • Georgette Lang October 15, 2012, 11:47 pm

    Soo hard to choose a favorite. I guess my vegan Irish stew with dumplings.

  • Val October 16, 2012, 1:53 am

    Oh, another book I have yet to add to my collection! I’d love to win this! 🙂
    I blogged about this great giveaway as well as shared it on Facebook and Twitter!
    Thank you for doing this, Robin! 🙂

    As far as comfort food goes, oh, I can’t just pick 1 dish! I love everything baked in the oven involving carbs *lol* but also looove fresh, warm home made bread and soup of any kind!

  • Emmy October 16, 2012, 3:51 am

    Pizza, mashed potatoes, pasta, pad thai…… come to think of it I have a lot of comfort foods!! This book would be a great addition to my cookbook collection!

  • Emmy October 16, 2012, 3:53 am

    I shared this giveaway on my Twitter account GourmetCaravan!

  • Emmy October 16, 2012, 3:55 am

    I shared this giveaway on my Facebook account Vegan Gourmet Caravan!

  • Rebecca October 16, 2012, 8:14 am

    This book sounds great!

  • Calla October 16, 2012, 8:43 am

    I make your recipe for mushroom gravy, but more liquid and eat it as a soup. Best mushroom gravy ever. Thanks!

  • Diana October 16, 2012, 8:59 am

    My favorite comfort food is any type of savory pies. I love the crusty crunch!

  • gail October 16, 2012, 9:24 am

    mac and cheese

  • Laura C. October 16, 2012, 9:25 am

    Right now my favorite comfort food is toast with earth balance. Simple & delicious!

  • Thomas Bruno October 16, 2012, 9:43 am

    My wife and I became vegans on June 17, 2012. It took a little while to appreciate kale. This recipe is certainly attractive. Can’t wait to try it. – Tom

  • Ben October 16, 2012, 9:48 am

    My favorite comfort food would have to be the spiced french fries at our local diner. With sage, rosemary, and salt, it’s hard to go wrong

  • Ben October 16, 2012, 9:49 am

    I just linked to this on Twitter

  • Marilyne October 16, 2012, 9:57 am

    My favorite comfort food is lasagna! mmm

  • Debbie October 16, 2012, 10:01 am

    My favorite comfort food is a piping hot bowl of minestrone soup.

  • ewlake October 16, 2012, 10:15 am

    Favorite comfort food? Rice pudding! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  • Angie Steelman October 16, 2012, 10:20 am

    My favorite comfort food: vegetable soup. No wait – pasta with eggplant. Oops – I meant oatmeal craisin chocolate chip cookies. Sigh…now I’m hungry!

  • Paris Harvey October 16, 2012, 1:20 pm

    My favorite comfort food is POTATOES!
    Especially vegan potatoe salad!
    But just a palin ole baker with vegan sour cream and margarine is just delicious!

  • Caroline October 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

    My favorite comfort food it vegan mac and cheese, hands down.

  • Summer October 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Carrot soup and cookies with soy milk!

  • Ree October 16, 2012, 3:05 pm

    My favorite comfort food is a steaming bowl of vegan chili.

  • Jennifer Manriquez October 16, 2012, 3:24 pm

    My favorite comfort food is hot, fresh, real potato French Fries! With a side of ketchup for dipping. Yummmmmm.

  • Jennifer Manriquez October 16, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • Jennifer Manriquez October 16, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page.

  • vivian October 16, 2012, 3:57 pm

    My favorite comfort food is lotsa vegetables lentil soup – thick and delicious!

  • Crystal S October 16, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I just LOVE my vegan lasagna!!!

  • Kelly October 16, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy!

  • Kim Y October 16, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Mashed potatoes … roasted squash … rustic cabbage soup …it’s hard to choose just one!

  • Ilene October 16, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Shared on FB and tweeted on twitter. 🙂

  • Sarah (appifanie) October 16, 2012, 6:05 pm

    I could really go for that right now! Potatoes. Anything with potatoes.

  • Lori October 16, 2012, 6:14 pm

    A good old fashioned peanut butter & jelly sandwich :).

  • Courtney October 16, 2012, 6:24 pm

    That tart is gorgeous! I think my favorite comfort food would have to be mashed potatoes and gravy…yum.


  • Sybil October 16, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Amazing recipe! Shared this post with the recipe and giveaway on my FB page. I’m with Courtney, it’s really mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. By the spoonful! <<<>>>

  • Deborah Saas October 16, 2012, 9:42 pm

    This tart looks absolutely amazing. Up until now, I have only made tarts using fresh fruit…apples, plums, nectarines, etc. But now I see that I have been short-changing myself! I use butternut squash in so many ways, but have never put it into a tart. That changes right now!! Thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities.

  • cp October 16, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Definitely mashed potatoes with tomato soup running a close second.

  • moonsword October 17, 2012, 12:53 am

    My mom’s Sicilian vegetable and ditalini soup with a side of giant-thick slices of fresh warm Italian bread…I can’t resist yumful chunks of veggies and pasta, especially when they warm me up from the inside out. 🙂

  • Madeline October 17, 2012, 1:39 am

    My favorite comfort food is chili.. preferably veg chili with tons of black beans.

  • Wiebke October 17, 2012, 4:59 am

    My favourite comfort food is lentil stew.

  • jessica c October 17, 2012, 8:36 am

    a golden bowl with yeast gravy…just thinking about it makes me want one

  • katy October 17, 2012, 8:57 am

    My favorite comfort food is any sort of soup! I love soup!

  • Paula October 17, 2012, 9:56 am

    My favorite comfort food is probably mashed potatoes. That’s one thing that has never changed since I was very young.

  • Paula October 17, 2012, 10:05 am

    I linked to this giveaway on Twitter. https://twitter.com/msmollygirl/status/258568539202543616

  • Paula October 17, 2012, 10:11 am

    I also posted a link to this giveaway on my Facebook page.

  • Gail October 17, 2012, 10:43 am

    Yum, that squash and kale tart looks good!

  • Jess October 17, 2012, 11:25 am

    Grilled cheese is a comfort food. I’d be excited to try the bread for it! Maybe some tomato or potato soup along side!

  • Jess October 17, 2012, 11:26 am
  • Michelle October 17, 2012, 10:56 pm

    My favorite comfort food is anything Mexican!

  • Bonny October 17, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Pierogi! I make a homemade batch every year with leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving.

  • Rosemary Evergreen October 18, 2012, 8:18 am

    This recipe looks fantastic!
    Favorite comfort food – so hard to choose. I love a good soup/stew/chili – black bean and butternut squash with a little chipotle is one favorite. Vegetarian enchiladas are also high on the list. And a lovely steaming serving of apple crisp, hot from the oven is hard to beat for comfort.

  • Johanna October 18, 2012, 9:06 am

    Favoriate comfort food is anything Indian and rice. I would love that book!!

  • Mylène October 18, 2012, 11:20 am

    Definitely vegan “pâté chinois” — the French Canadian spin on shepherd’s pie.

  • Dawn (Vegan Fazool) October 18, 2012, 11:50 am

    Fave comfort food…that’s a tough one! Let’s go with (vegan!) mac & cheese for today! Or, maybe vegan pancakes…


  • Peggy Moniz October 18, 2012, 12:29 pm

    My very favorite comfort food has always been vegan mac and cheese – and all the stuff that can be done to it! But this new tart is in the running to replace it! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Melissa October 18, 2012, 12:54 pm

    My comfort food is any kind of casserole. Yum yum!

  • Eve October 18, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Butternut squash-rice pudding, my grandma’s recipe, has always been a comfort food for me.

  • Michelle October 18, 2012, 2:58 pm

    I’d say that my favorite comfort food is anything I can eat out of a bowl with a spoon. So, mashed potatoes, risotto (I guess sometimes I eat that with a fork), soup, stew, pudding… : )

  • Sheila Trunzo October 18, 2012, 4:05 pm

    A simple quesadilla of corn tortilla with a hard cheese, cooked in a very hot pan with little enough oil to brown the tortilla is a perfect comfort food.

  • Chely October 19, 2012, 3:38 am

    My favourite comfort food is a pigeon pea rice stew with tostones (asopao de gandules in Spanish).

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