Creamed Swiss Chard with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Making my way slowly through the pile of greens that arrive every week, and hacking through the forest of greens leafing the backyard gardens. Chard was something I previously believed to be a verb. A very embarrassing verb. Turns out I was wrong. And astoundingly, it comes in rainbow colors! Chard is like the funfetti of leafy greens.

creamed chard stems

Creamed Swiss Chard with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Thanks to Bon Appetit

½ cup torn fresh breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Kosher salt

2 large bunches Swiss chard, ribs and stems cut into 2” lengths, leaves torn into 2” pieces (I used rainbow chard, because I’m friendly)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 medium shallots, sliced

Freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup heavy cream

You are allowed to make one “shart” joke, or maybe tell a quick anecdote about a time when you, I mean someone you know, had a small, unintended defecation when they expected flatus. But this is chard. Okay, got all the giggles out? Great.

Preheat oven to 400°. Toss breadcrumbs, oil, and lemon zest on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt. Toast, tossing once, until golden brown, 4-6 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook chard leaves in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 1 minute. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and squeeze well in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess moisture.

creamed chard leaves

Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and chard ribs and stems, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until tender, 5–8 minutes. Marvel at the rainbow of plant pieces that may not have seemed edible until now.

creamed chard stems cooking - Copy

Add cream; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add chard leaves and cook, stirring, until warmed through and coated with cream sauce; season with salt and pepper.

creamed chard

Marvelous. This will feed about two people, and I guess the moral of this story is: conquer your fear of vegetables by coating them in shallot butter and heavy cream. Basically, this is a green pile of what ice cream would be if it were allowed to be hot. It’s like eating the dream of Olaf.

olaf in summer

4 thoughts on “Creamed Swiss Chard with Lemony Breadcrumbs

  1. If you have any friends that are like Olaf…I will take them in for free room and board. We have the same ‘mountains’ of green here…great problem to have!

  2. Beautiful and delicious-looking and sounding, another very fine creation my dear! “The Funfetti of leafy greens”, I love it! Your future in food marketing looks bright 😉 Who is Olaf? I think I need some pop culture education.

    1. Olaf is from Frozen, which I felt like I was the last person in the world to watch– I held off because I am not usually a fan of animated sensations, but Olaf, the snowman character who fantasizes about summer and beaches, is an absolute find. My favorite character of the year, by far.

      1. Thanks for the information about this adorable little guy! I keep hearing wonderful things about that movie. Maybe I am going to be the last one in the world to see it! I’d better see it soon 🙂

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