Creamed Swiss Chard

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Serves
4
Prep
10 minutes
Cook
15 minutes
Creamed Swiss Chard

Bacon, garlic, and a little onion add flavor to this dish of Swiss chard.


Ingredients


  • 2 bunches Swiss chard (white ribbed or a mixture of colors like rainbow, red, yellow; about 2 pounds)
  • 3 or 4 slices bacon (diced)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (mashed and finely minced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or whole milk)
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Directions


Gather the ingredients.


Wash chard and cut off thicker stems. Thinly slice the stems and chop leaves into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces.


Steam or boil the stems for about 5 minutes.


Then add chard and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes longer.


Drain well, squeezing out excess moisture if necessary.


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crisp; remove and set aside.


Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is tender.


Stir in the cooked drained chard and the reserved bacon; set aside.


In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in the flour until smooth and bubbly.


Add the half-and-half or milk and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, until smooth and thickened. Add salt and pepper, to taste.


Add about 1/2 of the sauce to the chard, stirring to blend.


Stir in more or all of the remaining sauce mixture, as desired.


Serve as a side dish and enjoy!


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