White Beans with Chard

My chard did very well during the beginning of summer – so well, in fact that, by the beginning of August, it was a bit out of control.

I cut it all back.

It stopped growing.

It certainly could have been that it didn’t like the hot, dry weather – even though it was watered regularly.

I picked a bit of it, but it was thick and tough.

Then, at the beginning of October, the rains came, the temperature dropped and the chard started growing.

And we started eating it again.

This recipe is based on a Spanish recipe of Jamie Oliver’s…. And one of the best bean dishes I’ve ever made.

White Beans with Chard 

Total time: 45 minutes

 Ingredients:

  • 15oz (450gr) white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 3oz (90gr) dry-cured ham, roughly chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 8oz (250gr) chard, chopped, leaves and stems kept separate 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 bay (laurel) leaves
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water

White Beans with Chard

 Instructions:

  • Sauté ham in oil until starting to brown
  • Add onion, pepper and sauté until tender
  • Add chard stems, garlic, paprika and sauté for 5 minutes longer. 
  • Add beans, rosemary, bay leaves, water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. 
  • Add chard leaves and simmer 10 minutes longer.

Next – tomato chard soup… I think.

The creepy-crawlies seem to have abated chez nous…. Other than the mystery bugs that bite me every fall.

Now we seem to be inundated with dead critters.

It started with a rat – that looked like it had been carried around in somethings mouth for awhile. Maybe a raptor dropped it?

Bonnie found it, right on our front lawn and nosed it around a few times.  Once I realized what it was I yelled at her to leave it alone, got the shovel and tossed it across the road into the weeds.

That was followed by 2 baby lerot that, apparently, fell out of a nest in the tree.  

Guapa found those, picked one up, then dropped it when I yelled.  I got the shovel and tossed them across the road into the weeds.

The two of them jointly found a mouse head and tail, which was thoroughly disgusting.  I yelled but made mon mari to dispose of that.

Then Guapa found another rat and was thoughtful enough to want to contribute it to the family larder….. She brought it in the house.  I made mon mari dispose of that one, too. (Can’t get a shovel under it on the tile floor – I refuse to get closer than 3 feet)

Then last night there was a dead toad squished in the door.

What is going on here?????

I feel like I’m living in a Halloween House….

5 thoughts on “White Beans with Chard”

  1. I love this bean and chard combo! Perfect for this time of the year! Gosh I don’t envy all your dead critters, that was a run of bad luck!

  2. Eeeks, too many dead critters! Poor you! But the bean dish sounds really good and I like the idea of riffs on the bean dish all winter long.

  3. That sounds fabulous – the white beans with chard, not the lifeless creatures. How I envy your vegetable garden! I’d love to gather chard from our back yard (too hot and/or too shady)
    Recently, we made a somewhat similar dish with spinach, ground meat and chickpeas and love it. What starch did you have your white beans with? (We served rice)

  4. Jayne, it really was a good combo – will do it again. The dead critters were just creepy!
    Zoomie, I’m so squeamish – the thoughts give me bad dreams. Love beans!
    manningroad, fortunately, we don’t go there…. it’s a field full of bunnies. Maybe they’ll take the hint.
    Elizabeth, ooohhh, adding some meat would be good. Rice would have been great (I love beans and rice) – but, since the hubs is a Type 1 diabetic, the beans were all the carbs we had at that dinner.

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