Swiss Chard with Smoked Bacon and Jalapeño Vinegar

Stewed greens, often slow-cooked with bits of smoky bacon, are ubiquitous in the South. Here, Bobby Flay gives mild Swiss chard an irresistibly spicy flavor by pairing it with a side of vinegared jalapeños.


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  • Servings: 6
  • Time(Other): PLUS 2 HR PICKLING

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  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 large jalapeños, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch strips
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed and chopped, leaves coarsely chopped separately
  • Freshly ground pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the white wine vinegar to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add the chopped jalapeños and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and let the jalapeños stand for 2 hours. Strain, reserving the jalapeños and vinegar separately.

  2. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over moderate heat until browned and crisp, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate.

  3. Add the shallots to the casserole and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the stock and bring to a boil. Add the chard stems, cover and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the chard leaves and the remaining 1/2 cup of stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leaves are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the crispy bacon and 2 tablespoons of the jalapeño vinegar and transfer to a bowl. Serve the pickled jalapeños and the remaining jalapeño vinegar on the side.

Make Ahead

The cooked chard can be refrigerated overnight. Stir in the bacon just before serving.

Contributed By Photo © Ngoc Minh Ngo Published May 2006

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