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Serves : 8

Red chard makes this earthy dish more festive, though you can use green chard instead. Cooking the chard stems and leaves separately ensures that the leaves won't overcook. Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Coarsely chop the chard leaves. Peel any strings from the thick stems as you would celery, then cut the stems into 1-inch pieces.

Step 2    

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a heavy medium skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Step 3    

Add the chard stems to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Add the leaves to the pot and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well in a colander and transfer to another bowl.

Step 4    

Rewarm the shallots. Stir half into the chard stems and half into the leaves and season both with salt and pepper. Make a ring of the stems on a large platter and pile the leaves in the center.

Make Ahead

The chard can be refrigerated for up to 1 day; keep the stems and leaves separate.

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