Sunday, January 16, 2011

Recipe: Blitva (Swiss chard and potato side dish)

This week we got some Swiss chard in our veg box, and at first I wasn't sure what to do with it. Then I remembered my Dad saying he had had a nice Swiss chard dish when he was working in Croatia.

So here it is, 'Croatia's most popular side dish' !



1kg Swiss chard (or mangold as they call it in Croatia), sliced into 3cm pieces
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
3 tblsp olive oil or to taste
1 - 2 cloves of garlic, to taste
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Boil the potatoes until done (around 10 minutes). Towards the end of the cooking add the chard and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
2. Drain the chard and potatoes. In the pan heat the olive oil and sautée the sliced garlic, making sure it doesn't brown (this will make it taste bitter).
3. Return the chard and potatoes to the pan, add the seasoning and stir through.

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