The backyard garden is in full swing. And along with the weekly produce we receive from our organic CSA, we’ve been up to our eyeballs with greens the past few weeks (a countless number of BBQ Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing have been happily consumed).
The swiss chard in our backyard has been doing really well. Every time I walk outside, it’s staring at me saying, Whatcha going to do with me now? So I’ve sautéed it with pancetta. And made this decadent creamed swiss chard side dish that Asheley had no problem gobbling down. Swiss chard and onion tacos? Why not. But not using the stems always seemed so wasteful.
There you have it. A little look into our backyard garden. But anyway, I remember coming across this recipe for pickled swiss chard stems and thought it was creative enough to warrant a try.
The rainbow chard stems look so beautiful in a mason jar, don’t they?
The brine solution is quick to come together. No cooking necessary 🙂 It’s a bit sweet. Has a big acidic bite. And just a hint of heat thanks to a sriracha assist.
I’m still thinking of different ways to use them, but already have one rockstar recipe ready to share with you in a couple days. I’m thinking they would also be great as an accompaniment to grilled meats, in wraps or salad, or topping a burger or tacos.Print