Swiss Chard with Bacon and Garlic

from ButterYum
makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 stalks swiss chard, washed
  • 2 strips thick bacon, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar (or more to taste)

Directions

  1. Prepare swiss chard by separating the tender green leaves from the stems; keeping both parts.  
  2. Slice stems crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices; slice tender leaves crosswise into 3/4-inch thick strips; keep separate.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the bacon until it reaches your desired level of doneness.  I like it to stay a little on the chewy side.
  4. Lower heat and remove bacon from pan; reserve.
  5. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the bacon drippings that are leftover in the pan; stir for about 30 seconds, or until you can smell the garlic.
  6. Immediately add the chopped stems and water to the pan; increase heat back to medium-high and stir frequently until most of the water evaporates.
  7. Add the sliced leaves to the pan and stir constantly for about a minute until the color deepens and the leaves wilt a little.  
  8. Remove from heat and add the reserved bacon and red wine vinegar; stirring well to combine.  
  9. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve immediately.
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