I know Chard is not the easiest vegetable to love despite it's beautiful, colorful bounty. But my mind was blown when a market customer told me about her Catalan-style swiss chard, and now I hop on the chance to make this anytime I get a bunch of chard.
The three additional key ingredients are pine nuts, golden raisins, and garlic. You sautee these three together and then put the chard in the pan, cover with a lid, and turn off the heat. It steams really nicely this way.
While the original recipe calls for pine nuts, I am not a rich woman so I use walnuts which are just as tasty! And I use red raisins because that's what I've got. If you want to make this with another hearty green, such as kale, beet tops, collards, or spigariello, do it! Being flexible is alright here!
I know hot raisins sound weird but they actually provide the perfect amount of sweetness to balance the earthiness of the greens and succulent garlic/walnut romance happening in the pan. And somehow they're much more pleasant to eat when they're a little softened. Give it a try!
1 bunch chard, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, smashed
handful pine nuts/walnuts
heat oil in a pan over medium heat
put garlic, raisins, and nuts into the hot pan. sautee for 1-2 minutes or until everything is hot and garlic is translucent
put the chard in the pan and cover it with a lid. turn off the heat and let it steam for 2-3 minutes.
take off the lid and stir the greens around in the pan a bit. you should have bright and tender greens with a motley crew of hot friends in there. salt to taste. enjoy!