Gratin of Swiss Chard Stems

Food Network Canada
Cook Time
40 min
6 servings

Delicious swiss chard seasoned with nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.



bunch chard, Swiss, (2 ½lbs)
Tbsp shallot, finely, chopped
Tbsp butter
Tbsp flour
1 ½
cup milk
pinch salt
pinch pepper, cayenne
pinch pepper, white
pinch nutmeg, grated
1 ½
cup cheese, shredded, gruyere, cheddar, or, Swiss
cup crumbs, bread, fresh


Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C)

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Step 3

Remove leaves from Swiss chard and reserve for another use.

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Trim 1/4 inch (5 mm) off bottom of stems and discard.

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Trim off any brown spots, removing tough strings from outside.

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Cut into 3 inch (8 cm) lengths.

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In large pot of boiling salted water, cook stems for about 10 minutes or until tender but not soft.

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Drain and chill under cold water.

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Drain well and pat dry.

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Arrange in greased 6 cup (1.5 L) gratin or casserole dish.

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Set aside.

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In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook shallots for 1 minute.

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Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes without browning.

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Gradually whisk in milk.

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Add salt, cayenne pepper, white pepper and nutmeg.

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Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.

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Remove from heat.

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Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) of the cheese until melted.

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Pour sauce over Swiss chard, shaking dish to distribute.

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Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bread crumbs.

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Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.

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