I picked up some Swiss chard at the farmers’ market last week without any real good idea of what to do with it. I guess I’m attracted to colorful, peculiar vegetables that I’ve never tried. Sometimes this is a good thing, other times it leads to disaster. Luckily for the chard, I found a great, simple recipe for preparing it on Elise’s Simply Recipes website. She also says that fresh chard taste much, much better than old. Luckily I had a bunch that looked pretty good.
Swiss Chard Recipe
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
- Rinse off the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk, discard. Roughly chop the leaves and stem into inch-wide strips.
- Heat a saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices of garlic and the crushed red pepper. SautÃ© 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.