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Article posted: 11/6/2013 8:37 AM

Chard Stems with Tomatoes and Olives

Simple vegetable side dishes, or “contorni,” are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from “Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

Simple vegetable side dishes, or "contorni," are a delicious hallmark of many Italian meals. Clockwise from upper left: Green Bean Salad, Chard Stems With Tomatoes and Olives, New Potato and Lemon Salad, Sauteed Chard Leaves With Garlic from "Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake" by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.

 

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1 pounds chard stems, chopped into cubes

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 white onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed

2 ounces black or purple olives, pitted and roughly chopped

7 ounces canned chopped Italian plum tomatoes

Vegetable stock, as needed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook chard stems in boiling salted water for 15 minutes. Drain.

Heat olive oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Add olives and boiled stems; stir to combine. Stir in tomatoes and enough stock to make it just a bit soupy; heat through 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

Serves four.

"Wild Rosemary & Lemon Cake" by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi (Hardie Grant Books, 2013)

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