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Red chard - what can I do with it?

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SpangleMaker Tue 28-Jul-09 17:41:48

Got a great big bag in Abel & Cole box. I know it can be used as salad, but have also got a large lettuce and some bagged salad and there's only so much salad a girl can eat!

Am I right in thinking it can be steamed and used like spinach? If so, could I freeze it once cooked?

Thanks!

MadameStripes Tue 28-Jul-09 22:36:22

Is it the same as swiss chard? If so-
soup
or
fritters (quite a lot of prep required for this one though)
or
pasta sauce

SpangleMaker Wed 29-Jul-09 11:25:08

Thanks MadameStripes the fritters sound lovely but might be too much work while looking after a small baby (or do I mean I'm too lazy? grin) The soup and pasta recipes sound easy though. Think I might try the pasta one tonight.

bronze Wed 29-Jul-09 11:26:18

I use the stalks in things like bolognese or lasagne and the leaves we have as greens like spinach.

MrsWalton Wed 29-Jul-09 19:59:40

Stir fry in butter and garlic.

If the stalks are quite thick, cut them from the leaves, stirfry for 1min, add the leaves stirfry for another min or until wilted.

2 mins - lovely, couldn't be easier.

We sometimes just have it as a green starter.

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Wed 29-Jul-09 20:10:40

compost heap?

wink

oopsacoconut Wed 29-Jul-09 20:16:15

I make chard in cheesy sauce - kinda like cauli cheese. I take all the green bits off then steam the stalks until they are soft then bung the stalks, greens in a dish top with cheeses sauce and bake in oven until bubbling. (steam the stalks first or they take forever to cook in the sauce)

SpangleMaker Thu 30-Jul-09 21:24:11

thanks guys

Duchess that's where the last lot went blush

I used half to make the pasta dish this evening and both DH and I really enjoyed it smile. I've steamed the other half and froze it - will have to see how it is when defrosted.

meltedmarsbars Thu 30-Jul-09 22:15:07

Use as spinach - makes great lasagne, using thick layers of raw chard alone, alternating with the cheesy sauce. Needs to be a thick layer of chard as it cooks to nothing. Very veggie-hippie but nice.

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