A couple of years ago, Josh and I went to a cajun restaurant in Montreal. As part of my meal it came with “greens”. I have never been a big veggie person, I have often (always) wished that pasta was a vegetable. I was pleasantly surprised when my plate arrived when I loved the taste of the green thing that donned my dish. I asked Josh what this thing possibly was and he told me it was swiss chard. Since then, it has been given the seal of approval by me, and I try to find ways to incorporate it into a meal.
I can honestly say that this is one of the ugliest things I have ever made but it is packed with flavor and it is incredibly delicious.
Swiss Chard Gratin
- 1 handful of gluten free breadcrumbs
- 1 1/2 grated fresh parmesan
- 1 big bunch swiss chard
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 350F
- Step 2 Take a baking dish of any kind and grease it with butter.
- Step 3 Bring a pot of water to a boil and meanwhile clean the swiss chard and cut the stems into 1 inch pieces.
- Step 4 Put the stems in the boiling water and boil until tender but they still have a bit of firmness.
- Step 5 Remove them from the water and then blanch enough of the leaf to use as a top when you are done layering the stems.
- Step 6 Allow the stems to cool and create a bottom layer. Put a tiny amount of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Layer again, and repeat this until you are out of stems. When it comes to the top layer, use the leaf and cover it with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Cut up the butter and put some in each of the corners.
- Step 7 Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.
- Step 8 Serve immediately.