Saturday, May 8, 2010

Swiss Chard

It makes life interesting when we end up with vegetables at our house that we don't normally eat! Swiss Chard is one of those vegetables. In fact, I had never even heard of the leafy greens until they mentioned them in the movie Coraline. While Coraline calls them slime, they weren't that bad. They had a similar taste to spinach. While I can definitely choose many vegetables I'd eat before the chard, I am willing to eat them this way again!

Swiss Chard
from Simply Recipes
  • 1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard
  • 1 small clove garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Salt

1. Rinse out the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk, discard or save for another recipe. Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips.

2. Heat a saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices of garlic and the crushed red pepper. Sauté for about a minute. Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves. Cover. Check after about 5 minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Flip the leaves over in the pan, so that what was on the bottom, is now on the top. Cover again. Check for doneness after another 5 minutes (remove a piece and taste it). Add salt to taste, and a small amount of butter. Remove the swiss chard to a serving dish.

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