Cooking Hussy


Beans and Swiss Chard September 4, 2008

Filed under: Main Dish,Vegetarian — cookinghussy @ 6:52 pm

When I first started this blog, one of the first food blogs I fell in love with is Heidi Swanson’s I’ve cooked so many things from her blog, including the best tofu recipe ever. Her pictures are beautiful, her natural cooking is inspirational, and her recies are almost always amazing. I’d mentioned her cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, to Chris when it came out and he surprised me with it. This recipe came from that cookbook.

  • 1/2 pound medium white beans – cooked from dried beans, not canned
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic – diced
  • 7 big leaves chard – cut int ribbons and 1 or 2 stems cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan – shredded

To cook the beans: Pick out any pebbles or clumps of dirt and rinse. Soak the beans overnight or early the morning of the day you cook them. Drain and rinse the beans and add fresh water (double or triple the volume of the beans). Bring pot to simmer and cook until tender, from 45 minutes to a couple hours. Heat the butter over meadium heat in a wide skillet you’ve got. Add the beans in a single layer. Stir to coat with butter and let them sit long enugh to brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. You want to cook the beans so they are golden and a bit crunchy on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside. Salt to taste. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a minute or two before adding the chard. Stir until it starts to wilt. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan. Notes: I’ve made this twice and I’ve loved it both times. Don’t try using canned beans as they just turn to mush. Rainbow chard makes this dish even better. Servings: 2 dinner servings plus leftovers


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