Braised Chard with Sweet Onions

Gorgeous young red chard takes center stage in this meltingly tender side dish from Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters. Try it simply sautéed with onion and olive oil, or customize your own version by adding minced garlic, freshly-squeezed lemon or pan-fried pancetta.

1 pound fresh young red or green chard
1 large sweet onion
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Separate chard leaves and ribs. Wash, drain and cut leaves into a rough chiffonade.

2. Slice a large sweet onion and start it stewing in some olive oil in a pot large enough to hold all the chard leaves.

3. After the onion softens, add the chard leaves, season with salt and pepper, cover and stew for 20 to 3o minutes, stirring every so often.

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