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Old 09-14-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Chard

I have a ton of green and red chard in the garden..

I steam it and fry it with eggs but im looking for some new idea's
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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You are so lucky! Chard is my favorite green vegetable. We like it this way.

Chop up some bacon into small pieces and fry it up. Set aside. Sautee a bit of onion in the bacon fat. Add the chard, which has been washed and roughly chopped. Stir and put the lid on the pan. Add a little water to steam the chard if needed. When the chard is done to your liking, add a bit of balsamic vinegar, or cider vinegar, stir and top with the bacon bits. Serve with shaved parmesan or other flavorful cheese.

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I do mine about like Dee does - except I chop up the stemmy parts separately and fry those up a bit first to make sure they're done through, then I add the chopped leafy parts and just wilt them down.

I love the "furry teeth" feel of it!
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Ha, I forgot that part!

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Old 09-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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furry teeth... wow I cant wait to try ..thanks guys
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:09 PM   #6
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I do similarly, cooking them like greens. In fact, I have some in the fridge, along with collard greens and kale, and I'm going to cook them all together with a couple of jalape˝os, some vinegar, liquid smoke, and a ham bone.
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We love them Italian style - clean and chop, then in a huge stockpot, dump in the stem chunks first and let steam for a few minutes to soften up, then add in the leafy parts. No need for more water. Cover and cook until just tender. In the meantime, saute sliced fresh garlic in 1/4 cup or so (depending on how much chard you have) of olive oil. When the garlic is fragrant and the oil is kind of bubbling around the edges of the garlic, remove from heat and let garlic sit in the oil -don't let the garlic get brown. When chard is cooked, drain in a colander, then return to the pot and drizzle the garlic-infused oil over it, salt and pepper and we like red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick. If your plan allows it, dump in a can of cannelini beans. If you're planning to eat it all right away you can add in all the cooked garlic, but if you made a ton and it will sit in the fridge for a few days the garlic can overpower the chard, so I don't add in much of the cooked garlic even though I love the stuff. We've been eating this almost every day for weeks now, our chard has done great this year!
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I love chard!

Here is a recipe I concocted about a year ago before selling my site.
Google: yourlighterside swiss chard casserole with italian sausage

I will admit I am proud of my photography and recipe, but that's neither here nor there...
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I use them in my shakes. I blanched them for 4 minutes then plunge into a bowl of ice water for 4 minutes . I then put them in ice cube trays and freeze.

I also use the raw leaves as wraps for sandwiches. Yum!
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I also have a bunch of chard growing in the garden. Thanks for the ideas to cook it!
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Oh, I adore chard! I had two huge rainbow chard plants that overwintered for two whole mild winters and we continually picked off the outer leaves to eat.

Mostly I just drizzle a little garlic infused olive oil over the cleaned, stemmed, chopped greens and let them steam lightly, then gently stir them around in the garlic oil to saute a little. They are also really good with a light Asian flair--to the above, drizzle in a few drops of rice vinegar, some hot pepper flakes, a couple of drops of sesame oil, and a little soy sauce to taste. Yum!
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I use them in my shakes. I blanched them for 4 minutes then plunge into a bowl of ice water for 4 minutes . I then put them in ice cube trays and freeze.

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very smart !!!

great ideas everyone
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I lost quite a bit of my chard to bugs..not even sure what kind but does anyone spray there gardens with anything?

I haven't had the problem before
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Had lots of bugs on everything this year, I think because of all the rain and how it drowned and weakened the plants. Have you tried Neem oil soap? Supposed to be organic and not harmful to veggies, but the bugs don't like it.
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Have you tried Neem oil soap?.
never heard of it
where did you buy it Diana?

funny and we didn't get hardly any rain all summer
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I chop it, boil 2 cups of beef broth, throw in some sliced salt pork and let that boil for 15 minutes. Then thro in the chard and let it wilt, about another 5 minutes
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never heard of it
where did you buy it Diana?

funny and we didn't get hardly any rain all summer
Any large hardware store (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) or large plant store should have it.
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Oh, I adore chard! I had two huge rainbow chard plants that overwintered for two whole mild winters and we continually picked off the outer leaves to eat.

Mostly I just drizzle a little garlic infused olive oil over the cleaned, stemmed, chopped greens and let them steam lightly, then gently stir them around in the garlic oil to saute a little. They are also really good with a light Asian flair--to the above, drizzle in a few drops of rice vinegar, some hot pepper flakes, a couple of drops of sesame oil, and a little soy sauce to taste. Yum!

So you over wintered your chard Diana.I did this with broccoli a couple of years ago. We have mild winters but cold.

So I want to do it with my chard and brussel sprouts this year. I 've been thinking about this.

Neem oil you can get at any hardware store. Also try 3 drops of dish soap and water in a spray bottle. Sometimes this will work.
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Deb I started a thread about swiss chard the other day too ! I bought some and haven't cooked it yet ! Going to keep up with the answers you get too
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