Chard Stem Gratin

Submitted by Marilyn

  • leftover chard stems (broccoli or cauliflower would be good this way too)
  • bits of fried bacon or pancetta, optional
  • chopped/sliced garlic
  • chopped parsley
  • seeded, coarsely chopped tomato or roasted pepper
  • optional cream
  • grated cheese, optional

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Remove strings from the chard stems if necessary (like you would celery) and cut into bite-sized pieces. Drop into the water and cook until tender, just a few to several minutes, depending on their toughness. Drain and place into a buttered baking dish sprinkled with with the bacon/pancetta, garlic, parsley, tomato/pepper or any other savory/salty ingredients you desire. Cover with a little cream and cheese if desired, and bake in a very hot 450°F oven or broil until golden on top.

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