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Swiss Chard with Toasted Breadcrumbs


Fresh vegetables, like swiss chard, raw or uncooked, require few embellishments to highlight their flavors.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, September 2004


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard


  1. In a 5-quart saucepan, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add fresh breadcrumbs and a pinch each of coarse salt and ground pepper. Cook, tossing, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside; wipe pan with a paper towel.

  2. Swiss chard; slice crosswise 3/4 inch thick, keeping stems separate from greens.

  3. In pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high. Cook stems, stirring, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add greens; cover and cook over medium-low until wilted, 5 minutes. Uncover; cook, stirring, over medium-high until pan is dry, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Season with salt and pepper; add a pinch of sugar, if desired. Top with breadcrumbs.

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  • saloni
    28 DEC, 2011
    This tasted great! We used rainbow swiss chard to make the dish colorful. For the breadcrumbs I put in red chili pepper. In the swiss chard I added garlic and onions as mentioned below. And stopped cooking early so the swiss chard will still have a crunch.
  • MS112614644
    8 NOV, 2010
    this recipe is a good starting point but is improved with a few modifications: - use EVOO instead of butter - sautee onions and garlic before adding the chard - after the chard has cooked down a bit, add up to a cup of stock before covering. - add grated parmesan to the bread crumbs