Swiss Chard Gratin (Recipe)


With heaps of dark, leafy greens at my disposal this Turkey Day, I couldn’t help but pull out this great, tasty recipe straight from Alice Waters. It was such at hit at Thanksgiving, I’ll probably bring it along for Christmas, too!

Swiss Chard Gratin


  • 3 bunches chard, leaves and stems separated (set aside half of the stems, slicing them thinly)
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Coarse Salt to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Optional add on: parmesan cheese

1. In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil. Add chard stems and cook for about 2 minutes. Next, add leaves and cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain chard and set aside to cool. Squeeze leaves to remove any extra liquid and then coarsely chop chard.
2. While the chard is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on the stovetop. Toss melted butter with breadcrumbs. Spread butter/breadcrumbs mixture evenly onto a small baking sheet and toast in oven for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Stir breadcrumbs 2 or three times to toast evenly.
3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook for about 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add chard and desired amount of coarse salt and stir. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add flour and stir to coat well. Add nutmeg and milk. Simmer to thicken for about 5 minutes.
4. Spread chard mixture evenly in a buttered baking dish. Cut up remaining tablespoon of butter into small chunks, dotting evenly over chard mixture. Sprinkle breadcrumbs, and optional parmesan, on top.
5. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. When the gratin in bubbling and golden brown, it’s ready. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Credit: Alice Waters via Serious Eats

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn4 months ago

Many thanks to you !

Magdalena J.
Alice L.1 years ago

Thank you!

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C.2 years ago

The greens are such versatile vegetables. Thanks for the recipe.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Magdika Cecilia Perez

I'm going to veganize this and use it thank you

Karen Garnett
karen Garnett3 years ago

Favorite way to eat greens is to simmer til just tender. Serve with Apple Cider Vinegar on the side. S & P optional.
Also like to bring sliced garlic up to temp in olive oil til garlic is beginning to soften. Toss in greens til just tender. Garlicky & wonderful.

Charles B.
Charles B.3 years ago

I just drop the chard in a pot of boiling water until just tender, then drain & serve with a dab of buter. Nothing could be simpler. It is so easy to grow too!

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Sounds tasty, thanks.

Kate B.
Kathleen B.3 years ago

Well no time like the present to try something new, just a tiny bit wary of all that butter!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

I'm gonna try this plenty growing at the moment!