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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Swiss Chard with Onions Recipe

It's swiss chard season in the CSA again.  Many swiss chard recipes include adding vinegar in the cooking process and my family does not really enjoy vinegar.  So I was on the hunt for something different.  This recipe from epicurious looked promising and there is no vinegar but instead oil and butter.  The original recipe was for more chard (3 lbs) but I only had one bunch so I adjusted everything down.  This recipe should feed about 3-4 people as a side dish.

This photo doesn't do the recipe justice as it was taken the next day in the leftover container.  You'll have to take my word on this one.

Swiss Chard with Onions 
1 pound green Swiss chard (about 1 large bunch)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Cut stems and center ribs from chard, discarding any tough portions, then cut stems and ribs crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Stack chard leaves and roll up lengthwise into cylinders. Cut cylinders crosswise to make 1-inch-wide strips. Heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat until foam subsides, then cook onions and garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, covered, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add chard stems and ribs, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until stems are just tender, about 10 minutes. Add chard leaves stirring until wilted and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a serving bowl.

To be completely honest I left out the chard stems this time.  We just ate the leaves.  This made the recipe simpler as I skipped from the cooked onions to the leaves (cut out 10 minutes of cooking).

So what did my family think?  They loved it and even had seconds.  In fact there was hardly any left over and since I forgot to take a photo last night this tiny little amount is all you get to see. :)

Other Swiss Chard Recipes:

Beef and Bean Soup with Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard Tzatziki
Sauteed Swiss Chard with butter and Red Pepper Flakes
Swiss Chard Gratin

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