Monday, May 30, 2011

Fancy Pants Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Garlic

Fancy Pants Greens Swiss Chard with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Garlic

Serves - 4
Difficulty - Easy Peasy
Prep Time - 5-10 Minutes
Cook Time - 5 Minutes

1-1/2 lbs Organic Swiss Chard (1 Bunch), washed and chopped coarsely
4 Pieces Sun Dried Tomatoes, julienned
2 Tbsp Pine Nuts
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, sliced thinly
Sea salt
Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flake (optional)
Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Wash and chop Swiss Chard. Be sure to keep the stems and chop them too. Separate the stems from the leaves because they will need to cook a tad longer.

Bring large pan of water to a boil and drop in a little sea salt. Once boiling, add Swiss Chard stems and blanch 30 seconds before adding in the Swiss Chard chopped leaves.

Blanch Swiss Chard for 1 minute. Remove Swiss Chard leaves and stems with slotted spoon and drain well. I place them atop paper towels to fully drain off liquid. (You can also steam these). You can also place blanched leaves into a bowl of ice water to shock them and stop the cooking, but honestly? I don’t do this most of the time. I’m going so fast, I usually drain and drop them right back on the heat to finish the dish and get ‘em on the table!

Heat sauté pan with EVOO and garlic over medium heat. Stir for 2 minutes over medium heat until garlic starts to become tender. Add pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes and cook another minute or two. Add Swiss Chard stems and pieces.

Season with sea salt or Kosher salt and black pepper. Sometimes I add in red pepper flakes but that’s optional! Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes or until SC is done to your preference. I like it to still have some “bite” or tooth. That’s known as al dente. Top with a little grated parmesan and serve. The parmesan is optional too! Serve immediately.

SusieT’s Note:
Swiss Chard is a truly versatile green. You can flavor it so many ways. This is a basic Tuscan style recipe and works great as a breakfast green, believe it or not! I love to make this in the morning and serve it under a poached or soft boiled egg with a smidge of goat cheese. *drool* Swiss Chard is a great way to start your day with a power packed portions of calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, B Vitamins, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Nutritional Information - Single Serving

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