Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Swiss Chard Gratin

This was pretty much the first time I have cooked with swiss chard. Last year in our CSA we got some and I looked at it and, no thanks! My how I have grown in just one season!

I can't get enuf of the fresh produce this season...and apparently neither can the rabbits. We have been battling them constantly this year in our garden.

I got the recipe from Andrea Chesman's Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook.

Swiss Chard Gratin Serves 6
2 lbs. (12-16 stems with leaves) chard, stems sliced and leaves cut into 1 in. ribbons
4 T butter
1 onion, halved and sliced

1/4 C unbleached all purpose flour
2 C milk
1 C Gruyere, grated
salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 C dried bread crumbs

I cut my recipe in half since I only had half the amt of swiss chard.

Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil. Add the chard stems and cook for 2 min. Add the leaves and continue to cook for another min. Drain well.

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 11/2 qt. casserole or 9x13 with butter.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and saute till soft, about 3 min. Whisk in the flour to form a paste. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and stir in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the chard.

Transfer the chard mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top. (I put some xtra shredded cheese on top of the bread crumbs. Also, I did not have Gruyere cheesed handy, so I used cheddar in its place)

Bake for 25-35 min, until sauce is bubbling and the top is browned. Serve hot.

From what I understand, swiss chard is in the beet family. So this dish does have a very distinct, beet like flavor. Don't let that scare you off, Gnightgirl. It is very tasty.


farm mom said...

Wow! Looks delicious! I'll definately be trying that recipe this season. Thanks for sharing!

frugalmom said...

farm mom: Thanks! It was really good and the kids really liked it. What more can you ask for, right?

Gnightgirl said...

Will you give me a dollar if I try it?

frugalmom said...

Gnightgirl: Very funny...

boogiemum said...

We are having an abundance of swiss chard around here lately. I have been wanting to find some way to use it up and now I have a recipe! Thank you! :) none of your recipes have ever disappointed me yet!

frugalmom said...

boogiemum: Thanks! I am glad that the recipes have been enjoyed by you guys! I hope you like this one, too!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

OOOH! I love beets so I would probably love this too.

Anonymous said...

Can you make that when I come home next week? Love ya, Shelly

Crazy Young Black Woman said...

I can honestly say that I dont think I could eat this, but if your cooking it it must be amazing!

frugalmom said...

Crazy Young Black Woman: Duh! Of course it would be good!