Sunday, February 12, 2006

Stems



For Weekend Herb Blogging: Are these not pretty? These stems and a frittata made with the chard leaves contrast nicely. The stems are spicy, acid, and a little crunchy; the leaves soft, sweet and mild.


Braised chard stems with oregano and chile

Stems from one bunch chard
Olive oil
2 or 3 whole garlic cloves
Flakes from one small dried red chile
1/3 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
sugar and salt to taste

Slice the stems crosswise about one quarter inch thick. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add the whole cloves and sliced stems. Crumble the oregano in your fingers and add to the skillet. Add the crumbled chile, but be careful about getting chile on your fingers. Stir and cook over medium high heat for a few minutes until the garlic is pale gold. Add ¼ cup each water and balsamic vinegar and a pinch each sugar and salt. Cook until the liquids are absorbed. Taste for seasonings.


2 Comments:

Blogger Kalyn said...

Very lovely. This would taste great with a cheese sandwich. (Ok, sorry, I just could not resist saying that.)

7:25 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady said...

I think in fact that this would be an appropriate side for a cheese sandwich.

12:11 AM  

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