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Friday, July 22, 2011

swiss chard

swiss chard as a one-dish meal
We finally out foxed the rabbits with a fence and the chipmunks are full of my pea plants so this year we have swiss chard . this recipe can be a complete meal with the addition of beans or a side dish with out them.

1 bunch of swiss chard, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic scapes, chopped (i freeze them but garlic works just as well)
1 onion chopped
2 plum tomatoes chopped
8 basil leaves, chopped
1 can beans rinsed (optional)
1/4 teaspoon tony chagere's seasoning

          saute onion, garlic or garlic scapes over medium heat until lightly browned.

while the onion is cooking, chop the chard, tomatoes and basil, keeping them separate
                                    add the chard to the onion and saute for a few minutes
 add the tomato and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring gently. add the basil cook for another minute. add the seasoning. just use salt and pepper if you do not like a bite.  at this point the dish is done and ready to serve unless you wish to add beans.
         my choice is butter beans but cannelloni, black beans or any other would work
                               add the beans and allow to cook until the beans are heated through


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