Swiss Chard and Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of CSA Member Liza Corvetti

Baba's Blitva s Krumpirom
(grandma's Swiss chard and potatoes)

1 bunch of Swiss chard (white works best)
3-4 potatoes
olive oil
3 pieces of fresh garlic sliced thin
salt and pepper
reserved water from potatoes

Peel and cube the potatoes.  Cut the Swiss chard removing the leaf from the stems.  Cut the stems into small pieces and chop the leaves (reserve the leaves).  Add the potato and stems to boiling salty water.  After approx. 10 minutes of potatoes boiling with the stems add the Swiss chard leaves.  Boil until potatoes are tender for mashing (another 5-7 minutes).  Reserve approx 1-1.5 cups of the potato water before draining potatoes and Swiss card.  In a sauté pan, heat olive oil and sliced garlic until garlic is lightly browned.  Add potato mixture to the sauté pan and smash the potatoes.  Slowly add the reserved water and mash in with the potato mixture until you have a moist mash.  Add Salt and pepper to taste.

Chard Cakes with Sorrel Sauce

Adapted from “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi (Chronicle Books)

3 cups sorrel leaves
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper       

1 1/4 pounds Swiss chard
1/3 cup pine nuts
4 ounces kashkaval cheese (or pecorino), coarsely grated
1 egg
6 tablespoons dried white bread crumbs
Mixture of vegetable oil and olive oil, for frying       

Make the sauce: In a food processor or a blender, place sorrel, yogurt, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the mustard and salt to taste; process until it is bright green. Taste and add salt, if desired. Refrigerate until needed.

Cut woody white stalks from chard leaves. Bring a large pan of water to boil. Add the stalks and simmer for 4 minutes. Then add the leaves, stir and continue simmering for 3 minutes. Drain the chard and allow to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much water as possible. Chop leaves and stalks roughly and put in a medium bowl.

In a small skillet, fry pine nuts in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 1 minute, or until light brown. Add nuts and oil to the chard, followed by the cheese, egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. If mixture is very soft and sticky, add more crumbs.

Pour enough frying oil into a large skillet to come 1/4 inch up the sides. Shape chard mixture into eight patties roughly 2 inches in diameter and 5/8-inch thick. Fry them for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place on paper towels to absorb oil. Serve warm or at room temperature, with sauce on the side.

Yield: 4 appetizer servings.

Pasta with Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard and Garlicky Bread Crumbs

3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

5 anchovy fillets

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2/3 cup bread crumbs

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling

1 yellow onion, halved from stem to root and thinly sliced crosswise

Kosher salt and pepper

1 pound Swiss chard, ribs removed, leaves chopped

1/2 pound whole-wheat pasta, such as fusilli. 

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add 3 anchovies to the skillet; cook until melted, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in the bread crumbs and toast until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Wipe the skillet clean and return it to a medium-high heat. Add the oil, the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Chop the remaining 2 anchovies and add them to the skillet. Cook until melted. Add the Swiss chard, a handful at a time, and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes. Cover and keep warm.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain well. Toss with the chard mixture and bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil.

Source: New York Times - 10/10


A special recipe from Cait Johnson: The French love their chard (“blettes” in their language), and my Grannie (who was French and Swiss, among other things) used to make this recipe for me when I was little because she knew how good it was for me (chard is a fabulous source of many antioxidant vitamins and minerals)--and because this was one way I would actually eat it and enjoy it! The secret is adding raisins and pine nuts to the chard. I recently bought a drop-dead gorgeous book of French Provincial recipes, and in it was a recipe that looked just like the chard my Grannie used to make for me. It was even called “Blettes Grand-mere!” Try making it for your little ones: the sweetness of the raisins and the nutty, buttery crunch of the pine nuts make chard completely irresistible--and it cooks in about 3 minutes.

1 bunch Swiss chard
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/3 cup raisins or golden raisins
2 tablespoons pine nuts
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Remove the chard stems and the thick central vein from each leaf. Chop the leaves very coarsely. Using a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium high heat, melt the butter with the oil until sizzling. Add the chard and the rosemary, stirring well to coat the chard with the butter mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for another minute until the chard has wilted to about half its original volume. Add raisins and pine nuts, stirring to combine evenly, and continue cooking until any moisture has evaporated. The entire cooking process should take no more than about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.