I am on a major swiss chard kick. Like I am eating it all day, every day. And I don’t know if it the heat or what, but the other night I was laying in bed, super hot mind you, and couldn't keep my mind from racing. All I could think about was swiss chard and how much I love it and all the ways I want to eat it. Yeah, I know, but that is my brain so what can I do? Anyway, I finally fell asleep, and when I did it was dreams of chard and rainbows and all sorts of colorful things that I cannot remember anymore. I do know I woke up hungry. And with a plan for lunch.
I will just tell you now, this chard situation is sooooo good! And besides me being on a major chard kick, I am also on a ginger and cumin kick and an onion kick as well so it just made sense to make something with them all together. Tender and gingery cumin-y chard with crispy pickled onions. Seriously, is your mouth watering yet? I have made it twice in the past few day and I plan on making it a whole bunch more. So freaking good!
If you like chard, or don’t know if you do (you probably do), this is a great way to enjoy it. You will not be disappointed.
Now to the chard.
The stuff. A bunch of chard in a few different colors, a medium onion, a chunk of fresh ginger, cumin seeds, white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.
First and the sooner the better, cut onion up into very thin pieces and place into a bowl with vinegar, a pinch of salt, and a splash of water. Toss onions around and let sit, for at least 20 minutes, or if you think of it and can make it happen, do it a few hours in advance. . The longer the onions sit in the vinegar the better.
Ginger. If you haven’t grated it yet, do that.
Remove the stems from the greens of the chard then chop the stems into small pieces.
Now here we go. First, before anything, place the cumin seeds into the dry skillet and place on medium heat to toast for a couple minutes, Then add in the grated ginger, the chard stems, a pinch of salt, and about 1/2 a cup of water. Stir around. Keep on medium heat and let cook until the chard stems start to become tender. If all the water evaporates out before they are done cooking, add a little more.
Now chop up the chard greens.
Greens go into the skillet with the stems and a little more water. Cook the greens down until all wilted and lovey and delicious.
Dump the cooked chard into a bowl or on a place and mix in all the pickled onions. Drizzle with a little of the left over vinegar from the onions.
All there is left to do now is add a lot of cracked pepper and grab a fork.
My dreams come true…..Ha.
Sautéed Cumin Ginger Chard with Pickled Onions
Serves 1 as a meal or 3-4 as a side
I bunch (around a pound) Swiss chard Any color or a mixture of colors))
1 mediam onion (red or white)
about an inch or so fresh ginger (1 tablespoon grated)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/3 cup white or red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
around 1 cup water
Grab the onion and slice it very thinly into rings or half rings. Place in a bowl and add the vinegar plus a pinch of salt and about 1/4 cup of water. Toss around and set aside for at least 20 minutes. If you think of it, do this a few hours before sautéing the chard. The longer the onions sit in the vinegar, the better.
When you are ready to cook it, grab the chard and remove the stems from the greens. Cut the stems into small little pieces. Grab a big skillet and place on medium heat. Add in the cumin seeds and let toast for a few minutes and while that is happening, grate the ginger. Once cumin is toasted, add in the chard stems, the ginger, and about 1/2 cup of water. Keep on medium heat and cook until the stems are slightly tender. Should take 8 or so minutes. If the water completely evaporates before cooked, add in a little more.
And the greens. roll them up together and slice them into thin pieces. Add all the greens to the skillet with tender stems. Add in a splash more water if needed and a pinch of salt. Mix around and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the greens are completely wilted. Remove from heat and dump the chard into a bowl or on a plate. Take the onions, remove from the liquid and mix together with the chard. Drizzle a tiny bit of the left over vinegar from he onions on top. Cover with cracked pepper.
Eat. Hot, room temperature, or cold. It fantastic any way.