Sunday, April 10, 2011

Caramelized Beets With Greens & Swiss Chard

Serve with a warm and crusty artisanal, peasant-style bread.

4 to 6 beets with greens
1 bunch Swiss chard
3 T unsalted butter
1 shallot
freshly ground pepper
2 T white wine, Muscadet preferred
2 T water
1/2 pound Bucheron cheese, at room temperature

Preparing the beets:
Scrub and peel the beets. Remove the greens and chop coarsely. Set the greens aside in a large prep bowl. Slice beets into 1/4 inch rounds.

Remove the ribs from the swiss chard and coarsely chop and toss into bowl with the beet greens,

In a large sautee pan, melt butter. Saute shallots.

Add beet rounds to the shallot butter mixture. Crack some pepper over the beets and a toss on a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and sautee beets, turning over to ensure even cooking.

About 15 minutes later when beets are begnning to glaze and become tender, add greens and chard. Saute for about 5 minutes, then add wine and cover. Cook until greens are wilted, adding water if necessary. Allow liquid to be mostly absorbed into greens, adjust seasonings.

Scoop greens and beets into a low shallow bowl. Garnish with a wedge of Bucheron and some crusty bread. Crack a little bit of pepper over the entire dish.

Serves 2


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