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Marinated Chard

Recipe for April 25, 2010

Recipe from The Art of Simple Cooking by Alice Waters

This recipe with is a great start for our first Sunday market.  The availability of a wide variety of greens can be a bit iffy this time of year.  So this recipe should fill the bill as it can easily be prepared with broccoli rabe*, spinach*, kale or any greens* but as Alice Waters says, cook them separately, because they all have different cooking times.

Wash: 1 bunch (about 12 ounces) of chard

One at a time, grasp the stems in one hand and strip the leaves off the other.  (Reserve the stems for another use, such as a gratin.)  Cut the leaves into 2-inch pieces.  Heat a heavy sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat.  Pour in: one tablespoon olive oil

Add the chopped greens and sprinkle with salt.  Cook, stirring often, until the greens are tender, about 5 minutes.  The residual water clinging to the leaves from washing is usually enough to keep them moist; if not, add a splash of water during the cooking.  Remove the greens from the pan and let cool.  Squeeze out any excess moisture and transfer to a bowl.  Dress with: 1 tablespoon olive oil, I garlic clove, chopped fine, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of dried chile flakes.  Taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve.