Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

Swiss chard is, by far, my daughter's favorite green vegetable.  In fact, every time we have any greens, she says they are just like "switch chard!".  Hey!  She's three!  :)  We have tried a number of ways to cook them, but this is our favorite.  It is so simple and compliments a wide variety of main dishes. 

I'll admit, it took me a long while before I had the guts to try cooking with chard.  I would just look at these giant leaves at our farm stand and be totally lost as to how to eat them.  But I am so glad I finally took a shot.  As a vegetarian, it is important to eat vegetables containing iron.  Swiss chard has a pretty decent amount, so it is a great addition to your diet.  I hope you pick up some swiss chard the next time you are shopping!

1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red onion, chopped
1 bunch swiss chard, stems cut out and chopped, greens coarsely chopped separately
1/2 C dry white wine
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chard stems and white wine.  Simmer until the stems begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the chard leaves and cook until wilted.
  5. Stir in lemon juice and parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper. 

Adapted from DannyBoy


  1. Replies
    1. The best part about cooking with wine is drinking whatever is left over while you are cooking! I mean, you don't want to be wasteful, right? ;)