Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sauteed Chard with Garlic & Lemon


Sorry Kermit the Frog, it's super-easy being green! Or at least cooking greens. Sometimes you need only a minimal amount of ingredients to make the natural flavor of delicious cooked greens shine through. I took a hint from the Greek-Italian cooking traditions that my honey and I have at home- lots of garlic, a squeeze of lemon, and of course, good quality olive oil! Say it with me, Kali Orexi or Buon Appetito!

The Whats:

* 1 large bunch rainbow chard, rinsed & chopped, with water still clinging to the leaves
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 tbsp. olive oil
* 2 tbsp. lemon juice
* 1/2 tsp. white wine
* salt & pepper to taste

The Hows:

1) In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add chopped chard to the pan by the handful; cook until slightly wilted before adding each successive handful of chard.

2) Add a tablespoon of water, and allow chard to cook for 5 minutes. Whisk together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, and white wine and add to the chard. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until liquid is almost gone and chard is wilted more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in salt and pepper and serve hot.

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