Stuffed Chard Leaves with Creamy Chive Sauce

The weather has turned cooler.  The zucchini plants are in the compost and the green beans are dribbling out a few beans every other day.

The acorn and butternut squashes are about ready…. I’ll pick them next week. Or maybe the week after.

That leaves the chard.

I didn’t really like it at the height of summer.  During the hot weather the leaves tended to get thick and tough.

But now they are growing properly again – big and thin enough to make chard rolls.

Stuffed Chard Rolls

Stuffed Chard Leaves with Creamy Chive Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes
  
 Ingredients:

  • 12 large chard leaves
  • 24 fresh sage leaves
  • 4oz (120gr) sausage
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Creamy Chive Sauce:
  • 2/3 cup (5oz, 150gr) white wine
  • 1/3 cup (30z, 90gr) chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (corn flour, Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs chicken stock

Sausage Stuffed Chard Rolls

Instructions:

  • Blanch the chard leaves in boiling water for 20 seconds.
  • Remove and refresh in cold water, separating 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.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet.  Add spices, shallot, garlic, sausage and sauté, breaking up sausage as it browns.    
  • Add tomato and sauté until tomato softens and liquid has cooked off.
  • To assemble:
  • Put 2 sage leaves about 1 1/2 inches from the tip of the leaf.  
  • Place 1 tbs of sausage mixture on the sage leaves.
  • 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.
  • Heat 1 cup chicken stock in a large skillet.  
  • Add chard rolls, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Creamy Chive Sauce:
  • Heat wine and chicken stock to boiling.  Cook for 5 minutes, reducing slightly
  • Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
  • Stir in yogurt, chives and keep warm until needed
  • To finish:
  • Spoon half the sauce onto each of two plates.  Top with 6 chard rolls.

How do you handle cleaning?

My mother cleaned the entire house every Friday.  She spent all day doing it.

Her house never had a speck of dust in it…. Or a cobweb or a spider.  It never had the appearance of needing to be cleaned.

Unlike mine.

I may have mentioned once or twice how much I hate cleaning.

Because I hate it, I rarely do it…. Which means by the time I actually get out the rags and mop bucket the house desperately needs it.

I tell myself it’s more satisfying then.

Okay, truth is I usually do a decent cleaning job once a month…. or so.

I do a proper ‘spring cleaning’ once a year.

I do the odd bit of dusting, sweeping, hoovering in between, (sometimes) but nothing too serious.

And then something happens that makes me wonder why I bother at all….

Like today.

I cleaned the little bathroom downstairs…. Got it all shiny and sparkly.

It was a lovely day so we had the doors open.  There were flies in the bathroom.  I opened the window to let them out.

I went back an hour later to close the window and the entire bathroom was covered in a light dusting of dirt and leaves.

We have a window box full of geraniums on the bathroom window ledge.  Apparently the wind came up.

And because the door was open leaves blew into the house.

And because there are leaves the puppies brought even more into the house.

I don’t need to hoover the kitchen floor – I need to rake it.

In the immortal words of the Borg: Resistance is futile.

How do you clean?

14 thoughts on “Stuffed Chard Leaves with Creamy Chive Sauce”

  1. About the same way you do. And I too truly hate it. And my mother’s house was always spotless. And when I became a teenager she made me do the dusting and vacuuming (Hoovering). Maybe that’s why I hate house cleaning. Hate house cleaning, love the stuffed chard leaves! Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Great looking recipe! I’ll have to give this one a try.
    I don’t like cleaning either, but it is a necessary evil. 🙂 If we didn’t sweep from time to time we would be wading through piles of dog and cat hair!

  3. I clean only when it’s clearly necessary and, even then, not particularly well. My mother cleaned one room a day, thoroughly, and never spring cleaned because every room was thoroughly cleaned every week or two, depending on the number of rooms in whichever house we were living in at the time. Her house was immaculate; I have to admit that I think that was a waste of her talents.

  4. Love those little bundles! What are they tied with? I must have missed it; bad night last night and I am not tracking.
    I don’t like cleaning, but once I get going, I don’t mind doing it. I putter around a lot, one room at a time. Or, failing that, one layer of debris at a time.

  5. I loathe cleaning and it happens in sporadic bursts. The dogs generate most of the mess as in dust and fur but don’t lift a paw to help. It’s a dog’s life in this household !!!

  6. Looks wonderful, I like the idea of bundling them. =)
    I hate cleaning. my mum would force us cleaning the house very saturday morning. Everybody would be in a bad mood on that day. lol but at least the house was allways perfectly clean. I had kept a weekly full on clean for my house, but even that got altered after some time. 😉

  7. Christine, I had to clean the kitchen… hated it. And iron the dishtowels and handerkerchiefs LOL
    Loulou, same with the dog hair – and brushing them seems to make it worse!
    Zoomie, exactly – waste of talents…. better things to do and all that!
    Mimi, they’re not tied, just rolled. What looks like a ‘tie’ is just the vein from the chard stem.
    Tanna, much rather do anything – eating is always high on the list.
    manningroad, my dogs are pretty worthless that way as well. They bring it in but won’t take it out.

  8. I tend to clean when the dust bunnies finally follow me down the hall and I can write Dust Me on the furniture. In essence, when even I can’t stand looking at it anymore and I’m pretty lenient.
    Excited to try the recipe though the chard leaves here usually are the tough, thick kind. I rarely make chard because of that, but I’ll see what I can find. Thanks!

  9. Oh man, Kate, this is evil! I want a plate of these! That creamy chive sauce is fabulous and the sausage rolls just make a really good meal. Delicious. You keep on putting a creative twist to all the simple foods I learned to make from my French Mother-in-law.
    Cleaning? What? Who?

  10. Theo, I try not to disturb the dust by writing in it…. And I hate it when other people do ;-))
    Jamie, you had a French mother-in-law to teach you? Lucky…. I keep thinking I’m inventing stuff LOL
    Elizabeth, I figure once every few months or whenever strangers might see it…. my mother would be so appalled. I keep doors shut so I don’t have to clean the rooms.

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