Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Garlic Rainbow Swiss Chard

I bought Swiss Chard at the Farmer's Market, I've never had it, and it's delicious. I did some reading, and it looks like buying it at a Farmer's Market is the best choice, because the flavour is best when it is as freshly picked as possible.

  • 1 large rainbow Swiss Chard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  1. Wash leaves at least twice in cold water. I recommend filling your sink, piling on the leaves and moving them around in the water. This allows the dirt to sink to the bottom.
  2. Remove the leaves from the stems, slice the stems into 1/2" pieces and roughly chop leaves.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat then sauté some of the garlic in oil until it is slightly brown, and then remove it. This step just flavours the oil a bit.
  4. Add the chopped stems to the skillet,cover and cook over medium heat until tender. This takes about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the leaves and sauté until they are just starting to wilt. This takes about 1 minute.
  6. Add the remaining garlic, salt and pepper.
  7. Turn off heat and let sit for 2 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!

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