A splash of vinegar adds big flavor to this Wilted Chard with Bacon and Garlic recipe. This quick and easy side dish complements almost any roasted meat dish and it’s packed with vitamins to boot!
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Swiss chard is one of the few vegetables that survives my horrific gardening skills. It endures our tough clay soil and weeks of rain followed by weeks of drought. Chard refuses to let the weeds choke it out of existence. Because of the hardiness of this vegetable, I sometimes even have a surplus to play with in the kitchen.
My experimentation with chard has led to this favorite family recipe. It’s pure garlic bacon goodness! I love the recipe with bacon, but if you prefer, you could leave out the bacon and simply substitute a tablespoon of coconut oil for the bacon grease.
- 5 slices of bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 1 Tablespoon butter, ghee or coconut oil
- 1 medium onion cut in half lengthwise and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 bunch chard, washed, dried, with large tough stems removed, and sliced into 1 inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Place a double layer of paper towels on a heat resistant plate.
- Heat a large heavy pot with a cover over medium heat.
- Add bacon and cook until bacon is crisp and brown, stirring occasionally.
- Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on the prepared plate with the paper towel to drain.
- Discard all but 1 Tablespoon bacon grease from pot.
- With pot over medium heat, add the butter and allow pan to reheat.
- Add the onion slices and cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent with browned edges.
- Add garlic to pan and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add vinegar to the pan, stirring to scrape up browned bits.
- Cook until liquid is reduced by half.
- Add chard and salt and stir to combine ingredients
- Cover to allow chard to wilt for about 30 seconds
- Uncover and stir, then replace lid for about 30 seconds. Repeat until chard is wilted as desired.
- Stir in reserved bacon.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.