Blitva or Croatian-style Swiss Chard and Potatoes is a healthy, easy and delicious side dish. Serve with a Mediterranean-themed meal or surprise your brunch guests with these potatoes topped with an egg and served with a side of bacon.
1bunch swiss chard or an equivalent amount of firm leafy greens such as kale or collards
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes to tasteoptional
Cook the potatoes until just tender in a wide microwaveable dish, covered, for about 6 minutes. Length of time will depend on your microwave, so start checking at about 4 minutes. You want the potatoes just fork tender but not too soft, since they will be cooked in the sauté pan for a few minutes as well.
In a large unheated sauté pan, add the olive oil and sliced garlic. Turn heat to medium and allow the garlic flavor to permeate the oil. Once the oil begins to bubble and the garlic begins to cook, turn heat to medium high and add the microwaved, tender potatoes. Cook until potatoes begin to brown on the edges. This will take 3 – 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the potatoes and garlic to a bowl, reserving the oil in the sauté pan.
Add the greens to the pan and cook on medium high heat. If using chard, add the stems to the pan first, cook for a minute or so then add the leafy green part. Cook for about 3 minutes total, adding additional salt and pepper and some hot pepper flakes if you like.
Add the potatoes back in to the pan and mix to combine with the greens. Taste for seasoning, adjust if needed and serve.
Watch the sliced garlic when it's cooking in the oil. If it's already browning when you add the potatoes, you might want to remove the slices before you put the potatoes in so they don't overcook and become bitter.
Swiss chard is the regionally accurate green to use for this dish, but don't be afraid to try other dark leafy greens such as collards and kale for example.
If you use chard, remember to remove the leafy green from the stems. You'll need to cook the stems a bit longer than the leafy green part of the vegetable.
Idaho® red or Yukon gold potatoes would be delicious in this dish as well.
You can also use a higher ratio of greens or potatoes to your preference.