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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Swiss chard,pretty and tasty... who knew!

    The past few weeks in our weekly produce delivery we've received a variety of greens. Butter lettuce,spinach,endive,dandelion greens,and swiss chard. Oh the swiss chard,not only is it pretty,it's tasty. Swiss chard,when sauteed with olive oil,garlic,red pepper flakes and salt, taste darn fine and has a richness that can't be beat. The fantastic folks at Downing Hollow Farms http://www.downinghollowfarm.com/  grew this bunch of greens. The charming folks at Simply Recipes http://simplyrecipes.com/ showed me a way to make swiss chard sing!

Sauteed Swiss Chard
Ingredients:
1 large bunch of fresh Swiss Chard
1 small garlic clove,sliced
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL water
pinch of dried crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp butter
salt
Directions:
-Rinse out the swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk,discard. Roughly chop into inch-wide strips.
- Heat a saucepan to medium heat setting,add olive oil,a few slices of garlic and red pepper flakes.Saute for about a minute. Add the chopped swiss chard leaves and cover. Check after about 5 minutes.If it seems a little dry add a couple of tablespoons of water. Flip leaves,so what's on top is now on the bottom. Cover again,check after 5 minutes.(check a piece for doneness,taste it). Add salt to taste and a small amount of butter. Remove to a serving dish.

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