Chard, Onion & Gruyère Panade (Bread Casserole)
140 mins (prep 30, cooking 110)
12 ingredients
8 servings
This is a delicious, decadent and luscious French "bread casserole" from "The Zuni Café Cookbook" that you will want to make again and again. It's a great use for stale bread and a very forgiving recipe, you can improvise with other greens and cheeses. As with all panades, you may need a little more bread, or have some left over; same with the liquid, depending on the size and shape of your baking container. If you have more time, you can cook this at 250°F, for about 2 hours 45 minutes; the slower the bake, the more unctuous and mellow the results. If you have leftovers, the Zuni Cafe's Chef Judy Rodgers instructs: Warm about 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Slide in a scoop cold panade and press gently to make an 2-inch-thick patty. Fry gently to make a golden crust, about 3 minutes, then fry the other side. It's also great rewarmed in the microwave. It is actually not difficult to make; the instructions are just very detailed. You can skip the stovetop step and still get great results. Enjoy!

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  • 1 1/2 lbs thickly sliced yellow onions, a sweet variety if possible (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup mild-tasting olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb green swiss chard, thick ribs removed and cut into 1-inch-wide ribbons
  • water, as needed
  • 10 ounces day-old chewy peasant-style bread, cut into rough 1-inch cubes (8 to 10 cups)
  • 3 -4 cups vegetable stock (or another flavourful stock)
  • 6 ounces another melting cheese, coarsely grated (a combination works well)


Serving Size (143.51 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 302.8 Calories from Fat 147.24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.36g 201.34%
Saturated Fat 2.41g 96.54%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.35mg 0.94%
Sodium 530.52mg 176.84%
Total Carbohydrate 35.02g 93.39%
Dietary Fiber 2.51 g 80.39%
Sugars 4.53 g %
Protein 5.28g 84.53%
Vitamin A 3722.93IU% Vitamin C 2.92mg%
Calcium 48.35mg% Iron 1.84mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
sliced yellow onions, green swiss chard, day-old, melting cheese