Garlicky Swiss Chard
- 1 bunch swiss chard
- 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
- 1-2 garlic cloves or 2-4 garlic scapes, minced
- Large pinch of red or black pepper flakes, if desired
- Salt to taste.
1. Cut the leaves from the stems; stack leaves on top of one another and slice them into ¼-inch strips. Roughly chop stems.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet or soup pot. Add garlic and pepper flakes and sauté for 30 seconds or until garlic becomes fragrant. Stir in the chard, coating it in oil.
3. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 2 minutes, until chard is wilted. Uncover; stir and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt.
Try a variation to the above recipe: Saute onions, shallots or leeks along with the garlic and add a can of chickpeas in with the chard. Drizzle lemon juice over the heated mixture and top with feta or shredded mozzarella cheese just before serving, if desired.
Recipe adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11324-garlicky-swiss-chard