hit at the Thanksgiving Day pot luck. Okay here we go.
Chopped Chard Leeks
2 bunches of Rainbow chard
1 medium red onion (you can substitute shallots or leeks) chopped
1 stalk of celery chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup of sparkling apple pomegranate juice(or your fav juice)
2 table spoons of pomegranate vinegar or balsamic is good too
1 pinch or more of salt to your liking
A few grinds of ground black pepper
1 small dried sage leaf crumbled
1/4 cup of dried bread crumps(optional)
Separate the leaves from the stems
Chop the stalks and stems into very fine pieces, rinse well
Chop the leaves into thin strips set aside later rise well to
remove any grit or dirt.
Sauté the chopped stalks in a deep pan with onions, garlic and celery
in the olive oil over medium low heat unit the onion become clear, add the chicken
stock and let simmer for 30- 45 minutes or until the stalks are soft. Then add the
sparkling apple/pomegranate juice, stir well, turn off the heat and add the
strips of leaves mix well, put the lid on the pot and the leaves will be tender
and soft but not mushy.
Put into a serving dish. For a wow I add 1/4 cup of organic whole
wheat bread crumbs along with a table spoon of organic French fried onion
rings. Pop under the broiler for a few minutes just long enough for the bread
crumbs to toast. You have a sophisticated and fun side dish. The apple
and pomegranate juice add a bit of sweetness which contrasts with the bitterness
of the greens. Its and all around winner and the rainbow colors will be
attractive on any dinner table.
Next, my cousin’s wonderful pumpkin bread with agave instead of
sugar. Yummy I had a piece yesterday.