Meatballs with sauteed chard

>> Sunday, January 24, 2010

For dinner tonight, I pulled together a very simple but delicious dish that used a new ingredient for my collection, chard.  I have never cooked chard before but found it a delightful alternative to spinach. In fact, I like it much better than sauteed spinach. All you need for tonight's dish is:

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (you could also use ground pork)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 bunches red chard, leaves cut or torn into 2-inch strips
1 small bagette, sliced

Heat the broiler. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, pine nuts, raisins, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Form the mixture into 20 walnut sized meatballs and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Broil, turning once, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the chard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, tossing, until wilted.  Serve with the meatballs and bread.  Enjoy!


bonnie January 24, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

This looks tasty, what a great weekday meal for family!!

Emily January 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

And leftovers transition great for a brown bag lunch the next day!

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