Saturday, December 15, 2012

Swiss Chard Fritters

A recipe from this past week's NYT Dining Section, adapted from the new cookbook Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (a simply wonderful cookbook, by the way).  Check out their blog in our blog list.
Swiss Chard Fritters--makes ~14 fritters, 4 appetizer servings

  • 14 oz Swiss chard leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 oz crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • olive oil
  • Swiss chard fritters topped with beet spread
  • lemon wedges, for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add chard, and simmer 5 min. Remove from pot and drain well, patting leaves dry with a paper or kitchen towel. Place chard in food processor with herbs, nutmeg, sugar, flour, garlic, and eggs. Pulse till well blended. Fold in feta by hand. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large saute pan on medium-high heat. When oil is hot, spoon in 1 heaping tbsp of the mixture for each fritter (you should be able to fit 3 fritters per batch). Press down gently on fritter to flatten. Cook 1 to 2 min. per side, until golden brown. Transfer to a baking sheet [or large plate?] lined with toweling. Add another tbsp oil to the pan and repeat. Serve warm with lemon wedges (optional).  In the photo, the fritters are topped with a garlicky beet spread (see post above for the recipe; photo credit)

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