SWISS CHARD GRATIN

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

6     lbs. Swiss chard, washed, leaves and stems separated

2     cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

2     tablespoons butter

2     tablespoons flour

1     cup milk

1/2     tsp nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4     cup shredded Gruyère cheese

1/3     cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place a bowl of ice water on the side.

Boil the chard leaves until tender, remove and chill in the ice water.

Strain well; chop roughly. Cut the stems into thin slices. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic, and stems, cooking until tender; remove and set aside.

Add the flour and the remaining butter to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes, being careful not to brown the butter.

Using a whisk, gradually stir in the milk and nutmeg. Cook, whisking, for 3 minutes.

With a wooden spoon, add the chopped leaves, reserved garlic, and stems; season to taste.

Transfer to a small casserole dish (or individual casseroles if you have them).

Sprinkle evenly with the cheeses and bake 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.