Saturday, May 14, 2011

Swiss Chard w/ Bacon

This is the organic swiss chard we picked up at the Farmer's Market this weekend.  I love swiss chard, not just the bright vibrant colors but the taste as well.  If you've never tried it I definitely suggest giving it a shot.  I find it is quite similar to spinach.  This is a really simple, quick side dish that goes great with any meal.   Not to mention adding bacon always makes everything better! Of course, this is a really good healthy dish if you simply omit the bacon and use a bit of olive oil to saute your garlic and start wilting your greens in. 

Swiss Chard w/ Bacon

2 bundles of swiss chard
4 slices of bacon, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. chicken stock
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. paprika 

Remove the stems from the swiss chard.  Roll all the leaves together and starting at one end cut longs strips.  Put in a strainer and make sure it is washed thoroughly.  Render bacon in a saute pan on medium until crispy.  Remove the bacon but leave the bacon fat in the pan.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and allow to start to cook just a minute before adding in the swiss chard.  Give it a toss and once it starts to wilt pour over the chicken stock. Add in the nutmeg and parika.  Toss to combine all and cover.  Once completely wilted turn off heat and allow to simmer for just a few more minutes.  Top with the bacon before serving.     

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