Gingered Chard

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Author Notes: In my family (meaning the parents and various aunts and uncles) the side dishes for holiday meals involve lots of cream or butter or cheese. Usually all three. This means the vegetables, including, but not limited to, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, onions, potatoes and turnips, are boiled, cloaked with cream and butter, and obscured by bread crumbs, which in turn are sprinkled with cheese. Or paprika. My mom is very big on contrast, which means that light food is always sprinkled with paprika and dark food is sprinkled with cheese. This winds up giving the holiday table a kind of bipolar look, which may have something to do with the way I am today. But I digress. This recipe involves neither cream nor butter nor cheese, and it tastes good, too.wssmom

Serves 6

  • 2 pounds red, yellow, orange Swiss chard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 good-sized garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan; add the garlic cloves and cook gently for about 3-4 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the chard thoroughly and shake off excess water. Cut the leaves into strips and slice the stems thinly.
  3. Add the chard to the pan in stages, then stir in the ginger and cook until tender, maybe 5-7 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Resist the temptation to sprinkle cheese on it and serve forth.

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love your headnote! Really funny! And I'm going to have to try ginger with swiss chard really soon. Your recipes sounds so good!


almost 4 years ago rpenovich

This head note was hilarious--I can relate! Gets my vote for the smart and funny foodwriting section highlight on food52!


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Perhaps we are related LOL?


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Your headnote is hilarious. I love ginger, too--sounds great.


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Thanks drbabs!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Love this! We are totally on the same wavelength with our greens this week...I made a "gratin" of sorts with kale and fresh ginger.


almost 4 years ago wssmom

I am smitten with ginger!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Nice combination I think the chard and ginger are wonderful together.


about 4 years ago wssmom

Thanks, sdebrango!


about 4 years ago SKK

Chard and ginger! Love it.


about 4 years ago wssmom

We really like it!