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If you’re wondering how to cook Swiss chard, I have a recipe for you. In fact, this creamed Swiss chard recipe is a huge hit with my whole family, including four kids!
Our creamed Swiss chard recipe is a simplified version of this delicious recipe. The result is an easier way to cook Swiss chard that’s also vegetarian. Not bad for a recipe that only takes about 15 minutes to make!
Creamed Swiss Chard Recipe: The Best Way to Eat Swiss Chard!
Like spinach, fresh Swiss chard really shrinks when you make it so start with a huge bunch if you’re feeding a crowd. If it doesn’t quite fit in the pan, you’ve got the right amount. Trust me, it will soon.
- 1 big bunch of Swiss chard (about 2 pounds)
- 1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup whole milk or half & half
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Cut the ends off your Swiss chard and set aside. Slice them finely, along with your half onion.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter and add onions plus Swiss chard ends (Just the ends!), sauteing over low heat until they both start to soften, about 5 minutes.
- While your veggies start to get soft, slice the leafy part of your Swiss chard into thin strips, about 1 inch wide. Then collect the remaining ingredients: garlic powder, flour, nutmeg, milk, salt and pepper.
- Add the leafy parts of your Swiss chard to the pan and stir. Top with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until all the chard starts to wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
- Make a roux! Move the greens to the edges of the pan. Add flour to the center of the pan and stir a couple times to cook all the flour. Slowly add the milk, stirring again.
- As the pan starts to come to a boil, grate or sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg over the top.
- Stir until the sauce is thick and rich, completely coating your chard with cream.
Is Swiss Chard Good for You?
Absolutely. WebMD says “Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse — an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.”
And while we love kale around here, it turns out that Swiss chard has even more calcium and protein than its popular green competition.
Need More Ideas for How to Cook Swiss Chard?
My garden produces chard year-round. That means I have SO MUCH SWISS CHARD! Here are my favorite ways to cook it. Each one is easy enough for busy families to pull off, plus kid-tested before it ever appears on our website:
- Chicken & White Bean Chili with Swiss Chard
- Garlicky Swiss Chard with Lemon
- Simple Green Smoothies (use chard in place of spinach)
- Tropical Pineapple & Spinach Popsicles (ditto, use chard!)
What to Serve with Creamed Swiss Chard
Since this creamed Swiss chard recipe is so well, creamy, it goes really perfectly with a main dish that’s tangy. With that flavor combination in mind, these are my favorite entrees to serve with this deliciously creamy chard.
- Roasted Cherry Tomato & Parmesan Pasta
- Simplified Salisbury Steak Meatballs
- Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast with Mustard
- Perfectly Flavored London Broil Kids Love
- Easy Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes & Basil