Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Swiss Chard and Mashed Turnips with Garlic Chives

This season I signed up to receive a weekly box of produce weekly from a local co-op. All of the food is grown locally and most is organic.

Best decision I've made all year.

Instead of making quick runs though the grocery store buying my normal foods. I now get produce that I've never even seen in a grocery store, let alone considered cooking.

I've had to do quite a bit of research on certain foods I have received in the box to figure out what tastes they have and how to cook them.

I have watched enough episodes of Chopped on the Food Network to know Swiss Chard is usually sauteed. Turnips were completely new to me. I boiled  and mashed them to make a mashed potato feel to them and it worked! If I could find them in my local grocery store, I would be buying them more often!

Mashed Turnips with Garlic Chives
Makes 1 serving

1 handful of small  turnips ( around 6 oz), peeled
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Chives, I got mine from my herb garden, but regular chives would work too.
1 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon butter
pinch of salt

Bring a pot of water with a little salt to a boil add turnips and cook until turnips until soft. Mine took around 10 min. Transfer turnips to a small bowl and mash. Drain. Add butter, chives, and garlic then mix! 

*can easily make them loaded by adding pancetta or bacon and cheese! Would also be great used as a side to sausage.

Cooked Swiss Chard
Makes 1 serving
5 pieces of Swiss chard, stems separated  from leaves and chopped. Leaves cut up into strips. 
1 garlic clove
1/2 Tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lime juice (adjust per taste)

On medium heat butter and garlic in frying pan. Add chopped stems. Let cook for a couple minutes then add leaves. When leaves start to shrink, add lime juice and let cook for a couple more minutes.


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