In advance of today's share, I wanted to post a few recipe ideas that will use ingredients you'll receive later today (at least I think you will as of this a.m.). These were all submitted by fellow CSA members -- if you have other recipe recommendations, email them to me or post them here on the blog, and I'll include them in a future recipe round-up!
And don't forget that our blog has a great archive of recipes recommended from previous years. Check out the categories on the left-hand side of the page to see the recipes broken down by vegetables.
9 Healthy Recipe Ideas for Zucchini (including vegan ideas)
Over on our Facebook page, CSA member Fred shared this great link for Healthy Zucchini Recipes That Taste Like Guilty Pleasures. There are 9 great ideas there -- check them out!
Tomato Chard and Gruyere Casserole
Also on Facebook, Amanda shared this recipe for Tomato, Chard and Gruyere Casserole, from Food & Wine magazine (pictured above, courtesy of Food & Wine).
A Dish That Uses Chard and Potatoes
And Lea submitted this recipe for Blitva, a dish found all over former Yugoslavia. She says it's the most likely side dish you'll see in Bosnia or Croatia and is equally delicious next to fish, meat or on it's own. It happens to use Chard and Potatoes, both in this week's CSA. Here's the recipe!
- Swiss Chard (or any other green leafy vegetable - I used the full amount from last week's share)
- Potatoes (I used 4-5 from the CSA share last week)
- Garlic 1-3 cloves but to taste
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 small white onion
1. Begin by preparing the chard by removing the stalks, and any leaves that are damaged. Rinse well. Separate the stalks and chop into 1-2 inch pieces, keep in a different bowl. Slice the leaves thinly.
2. Often you peel the potatoes, but I love the skins so I just cut them into pieces. Put the potatoes into water with about 1 Tablespoon of kosher salt - this is important, and boil/simmer for about 15 mins until the taters are soft but not falling apart.
3. When the potatoes are starting to become soft, add the chard stems for about 3 mins, then throw in the chard leaves and cook until both the potatoes and the chard are soft.
4. Meanwhile, mince the garlic, parsley and thinly sliced onion (this is optional - I used one of the small white onions from the CSA because it looked too yummy to not be thrown in - it's not usually found in this dish however.
5. When the chard is done, strain the water.
6. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add garlic to it. I find that garlic can brown very easily so I usually add the oil and garlic at the same time to a cold pan, then let them heat up together - sacrilegious but I never burn garlic now. Fry for a minute or two, add half the parsley, then add the chard and the potatoes.
7. Continue frying the vegetables until the water has evaporated and the flavour of garlic and olive oil has permeated the chard and potatoes. Some of the taters will break apart and give the dish a creamy texture - this is fine - it's served both ways in Bosnia/Dalmatian Coast - as a distinct two vegetable dish or as a creamy mixture much like Colcannon.
It's hard to mess this one up - it actually tastes a bit better if the potatoes and chard are left in the simmering water a bit too long. I keep the water from the boil pot and use it in soups to save all the nutrients.