an equal opportunity eater.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Eat your greens
Swiss chard is one of those pretty greens that never seem to show up much on anyone's table. I can understand why not: the stalks are tough and fibrous when cooked with the leaves. The leaves themselves are rather exuberant, inconveniently poking out of your vegetable baggie.
But I do love greens, and these are easy:
Rinse each leaf. Tear the leaves off of the stalks. Trim the bottom edges of the stalks, then chop, as you would celery, into little half moons. Or dice. Not to worry, either way. Take a heavy skillet, that has a lid, and slick with olive oil. Mince a clove of garlic (or two) and heat until the garlic is translucent. Add the Swiss chard stalks, and stir until covered in oil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for five-ten minutes. Chops leaves into ribbons. After the stalks have simmered add the green bits, stirring, again, to coat with oil. Salt to taste, cover and steam on low for another 5 minutes.
Your greens will be vibrantly colored, the stalks tender. Add another squirt of olive oil, if you like, a squeeze of lemon and a handful of toasted pine nuts. Or just serve as is.