A Delicious Gratin of Chard

*A Delicious Gratin of  Chard*
Serves 4

Earthy and moreishly delicious!  This is quite simply the best.

450g of swiss chard (a scant pound)
400ml of double cream (about 1 2/3 cup)
2 TBS grainy mustard
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)

Preheat your oven to 190*C/375*F/gas mark 5.  Butter a shallow baking dish and set aside.  Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil.

Wash your chard really well.  Cut the stalks from the leaves.  Cut the stalks into short to medium sized pieces.  Plunge the stems into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, then scoop out with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Add the leaves and leave in the boiling water only until they are wilted.  Toss the stems and leaves together (shake offy excess water) and then place them into the buttered dish.  Whisk together the cream, mustard and salt and black pepper to taste.  Pour this mixture over top of the chard.  Sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Bake in the heated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until bubbling and the top has lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and serve.

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