The Swiss chard in my garden had gone largely unnoticed in favor of the main warm weather veggies. When I finally got around to checking in on them, they had gone bonkers. I had them covered with shade clothe to protect them from leaf miners. It worked. The leaves were nice and untunneled. I harvested about 3 pounds of Swiss chard this week. YIKES!! What to do with all that Swiss chard?? I preserved some of it and you'll see 3 ways I used the entire harvest this week.
My dad is still visiting from Hawaii. He made a yummy Oven Roasted Kalua Pig one night. In addition to the traditional spinach, we threw in about a pound of Swiss Chard leaves and some sweet potatoes.
I really liked the texture of the Swiss chard in this. Because the kalua pork slow roasts in the oven, the frozen spinach becomes mushy. The Swiss chard, on the other hand, cooks down beautifully but maintains a nice firm texture. If you're familiar with Hawaiian cooking, it's sorta like lau lau leaves but much tastier! Two thumbs up and note to self when I make this next time....use Swiss chard!
I made some minor changes to the quantities of ingredients in the recipes (based on previous attempts):
1 1/2 c. Swiss chard stems, chopped
1 c. distilled white vinegar
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 sweet onion, sliced thinly
1 and 1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek (or to taste)
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. dill seed
Whew! That Swiss chard gave me a run for my money!
**Linking up to Robin's Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard at The Gardener of Eden**