Ways to Cook and Serve Chard and Other Greens
Pan sautéing – This is my favorite, and a very easy way to cook greens. Start by washing the greens and chopping them into a thin ribbons. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and heat to medium. Add finely chopped onion or garlic if you like. Add the chopped greens. Stir occasionally and cook until just wilted. At this point, you can add any of the below sauces.
Braising – This is similar to sautéing, but instead of just oil, you include some liquid and cook the greens in a pot with a lid. For the liquid, use about 1 cup (depending on the amount of greens). You can use water, broth, wine, or a combination. Cover and cook the greens until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
Steaming – Wash and chop the greens and put in a steamer basket over boiling water and cover. Cook the greens until they are soft, about5-10 minutes.
Boiling — Wash and chop the greens. Boil in a lightly salted water until soft, about 5 minutes, and then drain before adding butter or a sauce.
What to do next?
Serve as a side dish. Put on a pizza. Serve over pasta. Put in an omelet or frittata or quiche.