Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Savory Swiss Chard

Do you find yourself in a vegetable rut?  This time of year I find myself stuck eating the same vegetables over and over again...carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.  This may be a great time to pick up a bunch or two of fresh greens and change up your vegetable sides a bit.  Spinach is my usual leafy green vegetable of choice, so on my most recent trip to the grocery store I decided to shake things up with some Swiss Chard.

Colorful Swiss Chard

Prepare your Swiss chard by rinsing the leaves well and cutting about an inch from the stems.  Discard this portion of the stems.  The rest of the stems are tasty.  Cut the stems from the leaves and chop into 1 inch pieces.   Cut the leaves into 1/2 inch widths.  It's as simple as that.

Savory Swiss Chard Ingredients
Savory Swiss Chard

  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic flavored extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Heat the tablespoon of garlic flavored olive oil in a 12 inch frying pan over medium heat.  Add the red pepper flakes and bacon.  Cook the bacon until crispy.  Remove from the pan and set aside.  Add the red onion and stem pieces from the Swiss chard.  Saute until tender, about 5 minutes.

Saute the Stems and Onions
Add the Swiss chard leaves and the chicken stock.  Stir to distribute the ingredients.  Cover the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the Swiss chard is wilted and tender.

Adding the Swiss Chard to the Pan

 Remove the cover.  Stir and add the cooked bacon.  Grate a little bit of nutmeg into the pan, toss and serve.

Savory Swiss Chard Topped with Bacon

This same recipe works well with other greens with the cooking time adjusted based on the tenderness of the greens.  Get the printable Savory Swiss Chard recipe by clicking the link.


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