Monday, April 11, 2011

My favorite recipe using beautiful chard from our local farmers!

Rainbow Chard with Golden Raisins

Seeing all the beautiful rainbow chard available at the farmer’s markets last weekend, inspired me to use this recipe for a dinner with friends. The colors of rainbow chard plates so beautifully and the texture of golden raisins adds a great contrast. While at the farmer’s market, be sure to pick up locally grown shallots for an added flavor boost.

2 tbsp golden raisins
3 cups rainbow chard
2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 shallots, ¼ in dice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak raisins in hot water for approximately 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Separate chard leaves from ribs, chop ribs into ¼ in pieces and immerse in small pan of boiling water. Boil ribs for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside. Melt butter over medium heat. Sauté shallots and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add chard leaves and sauté. Cover pan and steam for approximately 3-5 minutes more over low heat. Mix in cooked ribs. Add vinegar and raisins. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.

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