Did I mention that the chard is exploding?
I was paying such close attention to the lettuces and spinach that I ignored the chard.
When I looked the chard leaves were rather large…..
I prefer smaller chard leaves and stems – for everything but stuffing.
Last summer I stuffed chard leaves with mushrooms to serve as one of the vegetables at a dinner party.
I decided to stuff these with cheese for a first course.
Stuffed Chard Leaves
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
- 12 large chard leaves
- 24 fresh marjoram leaves
- 3oz (90gr) Munster or other strong cheese, cut into 1" squares, 1/4" thick
- 4 tsp tapenade or finely chopped olives
- olive oil
- Tomato Sauce:
- 8oz (240gr) tomato sauce
- 2 tbs fresh oregano leaves, chopped
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Blanch the chard leaves in boiling water for 20 seconds.
- Remove and refresh in cold water, seperating the leaves from each other.
- Cut the stem out by slicing on either side of the stem, about half way up the chard leaf. Discard or reserve for another use.
- Put 2 marjoram leaves about 1 1/2 inches from the tip of the leaf.
- Place a square of cheese on the marjoram and top with 1/3 tsp tapenade.
- Roll the end of the leaf over, then roll the whole bundle over once.
- Tuck the sides of the leaf in, folding as necessary and continue rolling to make a neat bundle.
- Repeat with remaining leaves.
- Place bundles on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil
- Bake, 400F (200C) for 3 – 4 minutes, removing if you see signs of cheese oozing…
- Remove from tray and arrange on plates.
- Top with tomato sauce and serve.
- Tomato Sauce:
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and gently heat.
Mon mari has spent the last week on his knees.
All of the studs are in place for the floor – although he still needs to do a few (dozen) shims.
Fortunately, we had enough bricks left from the other two hearths to fill in this one – even had one brick leftover….
The bathroom floor is almost finished – I'm quite pleased with the way all the new tiles came together.