Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic

This recipe comes to me from my friend Vickie, who is an Italian cooking pro. (Happy birthday Vickie!) We were discussing greens such as Swiss chard, and what to do with them. Her recommendation? A simple, yet flavorful way to get a serving of veggies into your meal when you are sick of salad.

This recipe works with any type of greens, such as spinach or kale but the texture is best with Swiss chard because their large stems provide a good crunch without being too bitter.

• 1 bunch fresh Swiss chard (I used green chard)
• 3 Tbsp olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
• sea salt

1. Wash chard thoroughly and chop up.
2. Heat large frying pan over medium heat.
3. When pan is hot, add olive oil and garlic. Sauté for one minute, just enough for the garlic to flavor the oil.
4. Add half the chard and cook, stirring almost constantly.
5. As there is room, add another handful of chard. Keep stirring to coat new chard with oil.
6. Continue this process until all chard has been added. Stir and keep cooking until all chard has wilted and turned dark green.
7. Pour into serving dish. Season with sea salt and serve hot.