Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Just Planted Some Swiss Chard...

...as soon as it is ready, I will make my very favorite recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. I know it sounds a little weird, but try it before you decide. It is SO yummy. We eat it over rice or cous cous.

African Pineapple Peanut Stew

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (4 cups sliced) - (use the stems. the crunch is fabulous)
  • 2 cups undrained canned crushed pineapple (20-ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – (I like using crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional, but it really brightens he flavor if you have it)
  • salt to taste
  • crushed skinless peanuts
  • chopped scallions

In a covered saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in the oil for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly browned. While the onions saute’, wash the Swiss chard. Remove and discard the large stems and any blemished leaves. Stack the leaves on a cutting surface and slice crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices.

Add the pineapple and its juice to the onions and bring to a simmer. Stir in the chard, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until just tender. Mix in the peanut butter, Tabasco, and cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, and serve.

Most times I don't add extra peanuts, as I use crunchy PB. I also rarely have the cilantro in the season I make this, so I leave it out a lot. No matter what I do, it is always delicious.


mandi said...

umm...are you sure?
i love ms. katz, and usually trust her judgement (and of course, yours), but this sounds cuh-razy!

Blue Heron Farm said...

I don't know what made me try this recipe the first time, because it does sound really weird. Trust me. It is genius.

And while I don't have kids, I think the peanut butter and pineapple lend a sweetness that will even make kids eat chard. :)