Wednesday, August 11, 2010
What you need: A large bunch of Swiss Chard (it shrinks during cooking- kinda like spinach), 1/4 cup light olive oil, 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, 1/4 cup wine (red or white, whichever is handy) and salt.
1. First you need to cut all the red stems and separate them from the leaves as shown in the photo below.
2. Finely chop the garlic. Pour olive oil into a large skillet and add the garlic, let simmer on medium heat for a minute or two. Then, add the red stems and the wine. Saute' until tender, about 7 minutes. You can use a cover to speed up the cooking.
3. Then add the beautiful green leaves and mix in well. Cover and stir every minute or so. The leaves will become tender in 3-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the salt to your taste. I like to add freshly ground Mediterranean Sea Salt. You can even add a few red pepper flakes if you want some heat. Wah-lah! You have a delicious and nutritious side dish.