Sunday, October 3, 2010

Swiss chard recipe

light through swiss chard
Originally uploaded by greenhem

Do you like Swiss chard?
I grow the Rainbow Swiss chard, which has stems that are red or yellow or white, since it is so pretty.
Last night I cooked it in my favorite way. First I cut off the thickest stems and sauted the stems in olive oil with plenty of chopped garlic.
I put the rest of the chard in a pot with a steamer tray and an inch or two of water, and steamed it covered until cooked, about 10 minutes.
Drain the chard and toss it with the olive oil, cooked stems and garlic and you have a delicious side dish.
How do you prepare chard at your house?


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend...
I can honestly say I have never tried Swiss Chard, but oh my gosh does it ever sound delicious. I am going to have see about changing that.

Thank you for the beautiful share today. Your photo is awesome. It caught the light and is so very beautiful.

Hope you are enjoying yourself on this beautiful Sunday.

Country hugs, Sherry

Anonymous said...

I have never eaten it...does it taste anything like cabbage or what can you compare the taste to? Hugs

Terra said...

Hi Sherry and Mumsy, how can I best describe the taste of chard? A bit like kale, a slight bit like Japanese red mustard but not spicy. I would say, like kale. Chard has a bold flavor.
Anyone else who can explain the taste? They sell it everywhere nowadays so you could buy some and give it a try. If you buy a standard bunch, fix the whole bunch since the steaming makes it smaller.

Marydon said...

G'eve Terra ~
Thought for sure it was rhubarb ... yum! Nope, haven't tried this ... hmmm. Great pics of it tho.

Have a beautiful week, my friend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

When I was little, I hated when my mom cooked swiss chard. Recently, I steamed it and actually loved it. I think my taste buds have changed. Maybe I will try it your way and love it even more.

GardenofDaisies said...

I have never (to my knowledge) eaten swiss chard. It sure looks pretty! Do peope only eat it cooked, or do they leave it raw and put it in salads too?

Chatty Crone said...

Can't say I have ever had any! Looks interesting though. sandie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I have never tried it. That photo of it sure is pretty. Thanks for sharing how to cook it. I'll look for some at the grocery and try your method of cooking it. laurie

lotusgirl said...

I don't fix chard at my house. Nobody will eat it. That leaf is gorgeous though. More beautiful than tasty I say. :)

Amrita said...

Looks very good to me. I f only it was available here. I aften adapt recipes to what ingredients are available in India.

A Hopeful Heart said...

The photo of the chard is beautiful. The vibrant color of fruits and vegetables is always such a delight.

I have never eaten Swiss chard, but it sounds simple and delicious.

I hope you have a lovely day,

Terra said...

Hi Amrita, you could use any strong flavored dark leafy greens, like mustard or spinach. I like olive oil and sauted garlic on most any vegetables.

Heart2Heart said...


This is interesting because I just saw an episode on Rachel Ray showing how to prepare this just like you posted. Just goes to show that great minds think alike.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Cindy Adkins said...

I've never had it but now I want to try it!! And what a beautiful picture too!!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness, this is so amazing! And how beautiful the colors are, it makes me wish I had planted some:)
Thank you for the nice comment on the blog, our homes are surely a retreat for us aren't they?!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh this brought back memories! My mom used to grow Swiss Chard in her garden-I grew up eating but haven't had it since I was a TEENAGER! Looooong time.

I used to love it, after reading your post I am craving it now! :)


Tracy said...

We make it exactly the same way. My children prefer Swiss chard to spinach, and my husband and I love both.

Terra said...

Kat, how nice that Rachel Ray showed the same way to cook chard, I wish I could see that episode. Do you think she read my blog post and used my recipe? LOL
Robin and Tracy, I am so glad you like to eat chard; I guess it is not eaten that commonly. Yum.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I have never had chard! I must give it a try! :)

xinex said...

I don't think I've ever tried this but it looks good...Christine

Anonymous said...

I'm another one that has never tried this. Very interesting and such a great photo. Enjoy your day.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried swiss chard, but your recipe sounds wonderful, Terra! :)
I hope you have a lovely day,
~ Zuzu

June said...

I didn't grow swiss chard this year, but I will next year, after the way you explain cooking yours. It sounds delish! It is so healthy, that I can't believe that I have never grown it before.
My vegetable garden is over for the year and I will miss the fresh produce so much.
I hope you are having a lovely Fall Terra.