October 01, 2017
Comfort Food, Casseroles, Side Dishes,
Dairy, Cheese, Vegetables, Leek , Swiss Chard, Southern, Oven Bake, Stove Top, No Eggs, Vegetarian, Make it from scratch, Kosher Dairy more
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"My daughter made this for her first Thanksgiving alone with her new husband. She sent me the recipe, and I made it tonight. Yummy! She got it from Food and Wine, attributed to Michael Symon. I found it took longer to make than specified in the printed recipe she gave me, so I increased the cooking time. I also cut the recipe down to serve two, with no difficulties. Originally posted on food."
In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the chard until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain the chard, squeeze it dry, and chop. Be sure to remove any excess moisture.
Heat the oil in the pot. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over medium to medium low heat, stirring, until tender, 7 minutes. You know your stove -- if it cooks hot make it medium low, if it cooks low, make it medium. Uncover, add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant. (about 2 minutes). Add the chard, season with salt to taste and remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Butter or grease a 2 qt casserole dish.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour over moderate heat to form a paste. Gradually whisk 1/3 of the milk and cook, whisking, until the mixture starts to thicken. Repeat two more times with the remaining milk.
Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking often, until thickened and no floury taste remains, about 10-15 minutes. Whisk in the cheeses and the nutmeg. season with salt and pepper.
Combine the sauce and leeks/chard mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 25 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving to prevent burning your mouth.
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This Swiss Chard dish was incredibly delicious -- loved the sauce as well. This was my first time to work with Swiss Chard, but will not be intimidated any longer. My only regret was that I didn't purchase enough. : ) Definitely a keeper and a repeat at our house.
Creamy, comforting and perfect match to our meal. I love the combination of leeks and chard in this dish! The cream cheesy sauce just brings it all together. I used extra garlic cloves because I love garlic and next time, I would cook the chard a bit longer. Thank you Breezer for sharing. Made it for Down Home Cooking.