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Smoky Chard Sauté

This lovely dish, full of hearty chard greens, is an appealing combination of smoky and tangy. It is perfect for serving alongside poached eggs or pork chops.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 3/4 pounds Swiss chard, stems trimmed and finely diced, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  • Pinch of fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In a large deep skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the chard stems and leaves and cook over high heat until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, pressing on the leaves to extract excess liquid.
  2. Wipe out the skillet. Add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes and pimentón and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cooked chard, fennel seeds and 2 tablespoons of water and cook over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Stir in the white wine vinegar, season with salt and pepper, transfer the Swiss chard to plates and serve.
Contributed By Published February 2005

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