Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Pine Nuts

Pam Ellingson

By
@wmnofoz

I love Swiss Chard, mostly because it is a member of the beet family and I love beets. I grow it every year in my garden, so I need lots of recipes using it. This is one I found through Williams-Sonoma. They call it a "wilted Salad", I call it really tasty.


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Serves:

Depends on how much you like chard

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 to 2 large
bunches swiss chard, about 1 1/4 to 2 lb
3 slice
bacon, cut in 3/4 in pieces and fried til crisp, reserve 1 tbsp rendered fat.
3 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 c
pine nuts
2 clove
garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste, (also used some johnny's seasoned salt)
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
juice of half lemon
1 can(s)
garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Trim the chard ribs from the leaves and wash separately. Drain the leaves in a colander. Chop leaves into about 1 to
2 inch square pieces Cut the ribs into 1/2-inch pieces.
2
Bring a pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ribs and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain.
3
Saute bacon pieces in large fry pan until crisp. remove to paper towel and drain off all but 1 Tbsp fat.
4
Put the chopped leaves in the large fry pan with about 4 Tbsp water or broth. Place over medium heat, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until they wilt, about 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook to evaporate any excess moisture. Stir in the cooked ribs, add garbanzo beans and remove from the heat.
5
In a small fry pan over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil and pine nuts. Toast the nuts, stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to release its fragrance. Stir in lemon juice and brown sugar and 1 tsp salt.
6
Add the garlic mixture to the chard, and stir well to coat the chard evenly. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
7
Transfer to a serving dish. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy