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This is The Most Indulgent Way to Eat Your Greens

Frank Guerriero

October 09, 2019


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

Swiss chard is one of those especially generous veggies that stays in season almost all year long. We’re sure you’re already bringing home bundles of those gorgeous, multi-colored leaves from the farmers market each week, but are you treating those sturdy stems the way they deserve? If you’ve been wondering what to do with them, fret no more—Chefs Boot Camp alum Jordan Lloyd has a #WasteNot recipe for a chard stem gratin that will rescue those hearty stalks from the compost bin and keep you coming back for more.

Lloyd starts the dish by briefly blanching the stems in salted water to ensure tenderness, then shocks them in an ice bath. Next he sweats out some shallots and garlic while he reduces cream on the stove. He mounts the cream with Parmesan and seasons it with nutmeg before layering up the gratin (pro tip: a layer of caramelized onions on the bottom adds a luxurious sweetness to the dish). Topped with panko bread crumbs, more Parmesan, and butter, and baked to an irresistible golden-brown, it’s the most indulgent, waste-friendly way to eat your greens. Get the recipe.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.