Sauteed Swiss Chard

Summer might be winding down, but the offerings at our neighborhood farmers market remain plentiful. We go early most Saturday mornings. Chris and I look forward to starting the day with a nice walk, and the kids look forward to smiley face cookies and a stop at the park. I wish summer never ended!

When we visit the farmers market I always always always stop by Lane’s End Farm.  Not only are the people there super nice, but the organic produce is truly delicious and not obscenely overpriced.  Recently, I’ve been picking up hearty bunches of their Swiss chard.  With a sturdy vegetable like this in the fridge, I can always put a last minute meal together.

Sauteed Swiss Chard

A huge bunch of Swiss chard, washed and roughly chopped (leave the stems in – they are yummy!)

1 small yellow onion, finely diced

a few shakes of crushed red pepper, optional

1 tablespoon of bacon grease (we always save it for uses like this. If you don’t have a stash on hand, olive oil will work just fine)


Parmesan cheese

Heat the bacon fat in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in the onions and stir a bit, until they are just starting to brown. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper flakes (if you are using them).  Stir.  Add the chard and cook, stirring often, until wilted.  Salt to taste.

Serve with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

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