Some are easy - patty pan squash, corn, beans, broccoli (which I still can't spell) - but others require more preparation.
Swiss chard, for example - it's not ... good. I mean, I guess some people must like it*, but I really don't get it. Naturally, I get it every single time.
Here's what I do to make it edible.
- Melt a little butter in a frying pan - you don't need much.
- Press a clove of garlic into the pan.
- Add a bunch of fresh mushrooms - I usually get mushrooms delivered as well, so I just use whatever I have.
- Wash the swiss chard. Cut up the stems. When the mushrooms are about half cooked, add the diced stems to the pan.
- Cut up the leaves. When the mushrooms are mostly cooked, add the leaves. Cook until the leaves are wilted.
- Preheat the oven to 300F.
- Take a baking dish - I used an 8x8 pan. Wash fresh tomatoes. Cut off any bits you don't want to end up in the sauce and put on the bottom of the baking dish.
- Bake for 3 hours.
- Add several cloves of garlic - I used 7 - and some onion - I used about 1/4 of a medium-sized onion, cut in chunks.
- Bake for another 1.5 hours.
- Add a little salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar - I added a tsp of salt and about a tablespoon each of the oil and vinegar. Blend again. The sauce is quite thick due to the skins and seeds.
* Hi, mom!