Garlicky Swiss Chard
The impediment to great sautéed chard wasn’t in the vegetable but in the technique.
Why This Recipe Works
To avoid watery, overcooked Swiss chard, we started cooking the greens in a covered pot just until they wilted down. Then we uncovered and continued to cook the greens until the liquid evaporated. Cutting the tough stems smaller than the tender leaves meant that we could throw them in the pot at the same time. Plenty of garlic, infused into the olive oil before the chard was added, gave a big hit of flavor, while a splash of vinegar and red pepper flakes added brightness and subtle heat.