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Swiss Chard with Smoked Bacon and Jalapeño Vinegar
© Ngoc Minh Ngo

Swiss Chard with Smoked Bacon and Jalapeño Vinegar

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN PLUS 2 HR PICKLING
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • MAKE-AHEAD

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.

  1. 1 cup white wine vinegar
  2. 3 large jalapeños, coarsely chopped
  3. Kosher salt
  4. 1/2 pound thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch strips
  5. 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  6. 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  7. 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed and chopped, leaves coarsely chopped separately
  8. Freshly ground pepper
  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.