Veggie Resolution #17: Chard with Oranges and Shallots

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While I’ve been fairly diligent about my Veggie Resolutions this summer (belonging to the CSA certainly helps!), there is one vegetable that keeps on popping up on the list that I’m not crazy about.  The oft-dreaded veg? Greens.  Yes, the most veggietastic of vegetables, this generic term encompasses my least favorite vegetable.  Chard, lettuce, random greens – eh.  So when I saw this recipe for Chard with Oranges and Shallots in my How to Cook Everything book, I thought I’d give it a try.  Oranges – yum. Shallots – yummm. Chard? Eh. Well, we’ll see.

You will need:

Adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything

  • 1 pound chard, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 small orange or tangerine, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1. Cut the stems out of the chard leaves.  Cut the leaves into wide ribbons and slice the stems; keep the leaves and stems separate.

2. Put the oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat.  Add the shallots and sugar and cook for a minute, then stir in the orange or tangerine bits and reduce the heat to low.  Cook, stirring frequently, until everything is caramelized, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the vinegar.

3. Return the heat to medium and stir in the chard stems.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften a bit, just a minute or two.  Add the chard ribbons, cover, and turn off the heat.  Led the chard steam for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir and re-cover the pan for another couple of minutes.  Sprinkle with salt and lots of pepper and serve immediately or within an hour or two at room temperature.

Ok, so this recipe was pretty good – although I feel that adding in the tangerine and sugar kinda defeats the purpose of eating greens, doesn’t it? So while I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase chard to make this, if I come across greens again in my CSA (as I surely will), I may give this another go.

What are your favorite ways to eat greens?

PS We’re having a Nosh Girl Party this weekend!  Tune in tomorrow for the buzzfood reveal!

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    September 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Yum! This actually looks appealing to me and it’s healthy…shocking! Thanks for sharing, Serena 🙂

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    September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I love butternut squash and black chard risotto! Martha Stewart had a great recipe for it in her November 2010 edition of Everyday Food. Your recipe looks yummy- might have to give it a try 🙂

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      September 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Yum, that sounds delicious! And I love risotto! I’m going to look that recipe up!

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    September 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had chard before. I usually just buy the bagged salads because I’m lazy, but this sounds quite good!

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      September 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Yeah, I never bought chard before, but it’s featured a lot in the weekly CSA pick-up, so I learned how to prepare it this summer!

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    September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    what a pretty dish! and i love that the tangerine peels are still on.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
    September 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I haven’t had chard in a while. In fact, this post reminded me how much I like it! I’ll have to give this recipe a go 🙂 Thanks!

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      September 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

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    A Brit Greek
    September 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Ooh, yum. Going to bookmark this for when I fast!

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    September 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I can so relate. Last year when I belonged to the CSA I totally dredded the greens. I wouldn’t have felt the same if I had this recipe. Maybe now I’ll even go and buy some from the market 🙂 xoxo

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Say it isn’t so! Glad you found this great recipe and hope you can learn to like greens 😉 I loooove them but then again, I’m a bit odd.
    I will def be trying this recipe, I love the combination of flavors.
    I have a few yummy ‘Greens’ recipes on my blog if you’d like to hop over sometime.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    September 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I rarely have chard and love bittman, but would be hesitant About ysig sugar and oranges too. I’m glad it turned out well!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    September 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    This really looks colorful and tasty…I think the judges on chopped would love it for round one! A few times ive put strawberries in my salad to mix it up a bit, and I love cucumbers too!! My next post will be about Kum Gang San!! 🙂

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    September 15, 2011 at 12:26 am

    that dish looks so delicious and colorful. you have such a gift with putting together meals.

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    September 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Love chard! maybe I’ll try it w/the citrus but w/o the sugar 😛 My normal go to with chard (in a healthier non-sausage way) is with shallots and garlic

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    September 18, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I’ve eaten so much chard this summer, with my CSA! My go-to when I have tons has become wilting it and mixing it in with whole-wheat pasta and some goat cheese.

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