Chard Gratin


  • 3 pounds Swiss chard
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs cream
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese


  • First, wash well if it's homegrown chard. There can be a lot of dirt clinging to the leaves.
  • Cut the stalks off the leaves and set the leaves aside. Cut the stalks into 1/2" pieces.
  • Whisk the flour into the water and bring to a boil. Add the stems, lemon juice, and a bit of salt. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until tender.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil for the leaves. My leaves were quite large so I cut them in half before dropping them in the water. Cook them about 10-15 minutes, drain, and chop, then toss with butter and salt to taste.
  • Place stems and leaves into a shallow baking dish along with the cream. Mix the bread crumbs and cheese together, then sprinkle across the top. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.