Slow-Cooker Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew
The sweet, earthy flavor of lentils and Swiss chard have a natural affinity for each other. It’s easy enough to whip up a rustic stew from the pair, but cooking it in the slow cooker raises a host of issues.
Why This Recipe Works
After some preliminary testing for our slow-cooker lentil and Swiss chard stew recipe, we decided that large brown and green lentils did the best job of retaining their texture, shape, and flavor through the all-day simmer. As the lentil and Swiss chard stew recipe progressed, we realized it needed more flavorful components to boost the lentils and chard, which, admittedly, tasted pretty thin. After testing a variety of additional ingredients, we most liked the earthiness of mushrooms—in particular, meaty portobello mushrooms pumped up with dried porcini.