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Gingered Swiss Chard--The Meaning of Yum!

August 30, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 6
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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9 Reviews

TheWimpyVegetarian September 17, 2011
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!
rpenovich September 2, 2011
This head note was hilarious--I can relate! Gets my vote for the smart and funny foodwriting section highlight on food52!
wssmom September 2, 2011
Perhaps we are related LOL?
drbabs September 1, 2011
Your headnote is hilarious. I love ginger, too--sounds great.
wssmom September 1, 2011
Thanks drbabs!
gingerroot September 1, 2011
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.
wssmom September 1, 2011
I am smitten with ginger!
SKK August 31, 2011
Chard and ginger! Love it.
wssmom August 31, 2011
We really like it!