06-01-16 CDA Recipes: Charm Guests with Chard…

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 Charm Guests with Chard

colorado_proud_logo1BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month features Colorado chard in the Sweet Chili Chard with Peppers recipe.
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The stems of Swiss chard look similar to celery and can be green, red or a mixture of red, pink, orange and yellow. Select chard with fresh green leaves, avoiding those that are yellow or discolored. Chard is fat free, a good source of magnesium and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Look for Colorado chard at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or at restaurants across the state.
Sweet Chili Chard with Peppers
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert
1 Gallon Water
1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Clove Garlic, crushed
1 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Lbs. Chard
2 Tbsp. Peanut Oil
1 Red Bell Pepper, julienne
1 Orange Holland Pepper, julienne
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Sweet Chili Sauce
2 Tbsp. Mirin Wine
Black Pepper to Taste
Kosher Salt to Taste
1 Tsp. Black and White Sesame Seeds
4 Tbsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Wash chard and cut off the stem ends, leaving only the leaves, then cut the leaves into 2-inch wide strips. Bring the water, salt, sugar, garlic and red pepper flakes to a boil in a large stock pot. Once boiling, add the chopped chard and cook until the chard is tender, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the water and drain in a colander and squeeze off excess water.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes then add the peanut oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add the peppers and sauté until golden, approximately 5-7 minutes. Turn off burner then add the chard slowly to avoid any splattering of oil. Turn heat back on and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, then and add the brown sugar, sweet chili sauce and mirin. Cook until it starts to thicken and glaze the chard. Season as needed with salt and pepper, garnish with the sesame seeds and cilantro.
Enjoy with a glass of Colorado wine such as Sweet Riesling from Guy Drew Vineyards in Cortez, Colorado.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.

Charm Guests with Chard

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