Swiss Chard Gratin

Swiss Chard Gratin
Contributor
Whole Foods

This gratin will convert those wary-of-green-vegetable eaters to greens lovers. A simple white sauce lightly coats Swiss chard leaves, and a topping of cheese and crisp breadcrumbs seals the deal. For a different presentation, bake in individual gratin dishes or ramekins rather than one large dish. Make up to a day ahead and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

4
Servings
369
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Swiss chard leaves, chopped
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, more for the baking dish
  • 1 Cup low-fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached white flour
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup grated Comté or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon whole-wheat breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chard leaves in a saucepan with the water and cook over medium heat until leaves are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Set chard aside. In the same saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. When butter has melted, whisk in the flour until blended. Whisk constantly for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and reserved cooking liquid.

Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in half of the grated cheese. Stir in the cooked chard and transfer to a buttered 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
25g
19%
Protein
30g
65%
Vitamin A, RAE
610µg
87%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
21mg
28%
Vitamin E, added
5mg
33%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
781mg
78%
Choline, total
48mg
11%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
177µg
44%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
162mg
51%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
494mg
71%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
24µg
44%
Sodium, Na
361mg
24%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
4µg
27%
Water
56g
2%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Swiss Chard Shopping Tip

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Swiss Chard Cooking Tip

Brighten up sandwiches or salads with small, tender leaves like spinach and add larger, tougher leaves like kale to soups and stews.