Swiss Chard with Bacon

Swiss Chard and bacon go great together!  The flavors and textures of these two foods complement each other perfectly, and when you combine them, you’re in for a real treat. So if you have both on hand, try this recipe:

Ingredients:

 

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Everything you need to make bacon Swiss chard! 

3 Slices bacon, chopped

 

1 Bunch Swiss chard

 

1 Tablespoon Virgin Olive Oil

 

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Cooking Steps

 

  1. Separate the chard’s leaves from the stems. Chop the stems into 1 inch pieces, and cut the leaves into 1-2 inch pieces. Wash thoroughly, keep them separated, and then set them aside.

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    Chopping up the stems into 1-inch pieces. 

 

  1. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and set heat at medium high. Once skillet is heated, add the chopped bacon, and cook until it is browned.

 

  1. Add the stems to the skillet, and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring regularly.

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    Cooking the chard stems. 
  2. Add the chard leaves to the skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes; the chard leaves should shrink and soften somewhat, but still retain some crispiness.
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Steam rising from freshly added chard leaves! 

Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the leaves are cooked, your Swiss chard with bacon is ready to serve. This dish goes great with meat or fish; it is also a great at breakfast alongside some farm fresh eggs.

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Ready to serve! 

We will have plenty of  field-fresh, organic Swiss chard for sale this saturday at the Litchfield Hills Farmers market. Come visit our stand from 10 a.m. to 1 PM. If you want to make this recipe,  you can buy some delicious, grass-fed bacon from Laurel Ridge Farm’s stand there, too!

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