I've been auditioning vegetable dishes to add to my Thanksgiving table next week. I like to change up the vegetables every year since the main dishes are always the same - Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce. So the other night I decided to sauté a big bunch of Chard with Garlic and added some Balsamic Glaze and toasted Pine Nuts. Balsamic Glaze is reduced and thickened Balsamic Vinegar so that it becomes sweet and tangy. If you can't find it, you can make your own by boiling down Balsamic Vinegar until it becomes thick. This dish takes so little time to make and was so good that I ate the whole thing by myself in one sitting. So this dish is definitely showing up next week and I will have to double or triple the recipe so everyone !can have some!
Chard with Balsamic Glaze and Pine Nuts
1 large bunch Red Chard or Rainbow Chard
1 large Garlic Clove, minced
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Glaze
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
Wash the Chard and pull off from the Stem and cut into bite size pieces or ribbons.
In a frying pan, toast the Pine Nuts over medium heat until they are lightly toasted and reserve.
Heat the Olive Oil in the same Pan and add in the Garlic, cooking until you can smell the fragrance. Add in the Chard and stir quickly to sauté all of it. Sprinkle on the Salt and add the Balsamic Glaze. Stir thoroughly and plate. Sprinkle with Pine Nuts and serve.
Five Element Analysis
Chard is a leafy green vegetable so it belongs to the Wood Element but the red undertone gives it a bit of Fire too. The Balsamic Glaze contributes the Wood Element because it is made from Vinegar although the sweetness also gives it a bit of the Earth Element. The Garlic brings in a little of the Metal Element. This dish is mostly from the Wood Element so it contributes well to any meal needing more of that Element.