Creamed Swiss Chard

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This Creamed Swiss Chard recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food! It’s super frugal, and easily adapts to vegetarian, vegan, Whole30 & Paleo diets. Plus, kids love it! Pairs perfectly with Almond Crusted Baked Chicken! 

Delicious and Creamy Swiss Chard in a large cast iron topped with fresh chives. It is being stirred with a wooden spatula. Text overlay, "Creamy Swiss Chard".

I’m always looking for ways to get my family to eat more vegetables, but when winter comes, it’s HARD!

We enjoy squash in TBD and TBD and TBD, but it’s nice to see some green every now and then too!

Swiss chard is really affordable in the cooler months, and aside from my caramelized onion and swiss chard side dish, this creamed swiss chard recipe is one of my family’s favorites!

Vibrant and fresh Swiss Chard placed in a pool of delightful cream. The cast iron pan adding another layer of flavor.

Easy Creamed Swiss Chard Recipe

This side dish comes together REALLY fast, which is why it’s been showing up on my meal plan often lately. Plus, this recipe is:

  • Frugal
  • Kid-friendly (who doesn’t love bacon?!)
  • Easy to adapt to be vegetarian, vegan, Whole30, and Paleo
  • Comfort food, but healthy!
  • Perfect for whatever main protein you’re making

Pantry-friendly – just add swiss chard to your shopping list! I even made this as a side dish for Christmas one year and my in-laws LOVED it!

Swiss Chard as seen from above with a beautiful golden cream pool surrounding it. All inside a huge lodge cast iron pan.

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Healthy Creamed Swiss Chard Ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients to pull off this super easy and healthy creamed swiss chard recipe:

  1. Bacon (100% optional)
  2. Swiss Chard
  3. Butter (or ghee)
  4. Flour
  5. Garlic
  6. Spices: salt, pepper, sage, thyme, paprika
  7. Milk
  8. Coconut Milk

Is chard like spinach?

Yes and no. Spinach is in the lettuce category, while swiss chard is in the hearty greens category.

However, swiss chard is really mild in flavor, so you could easily use it in lieu of spinach in soups, casseroles or even omelets!

Wonderful greens, yellows, reds, and golds are seen in this dish as in cooks. With so many gorgeous colors it makes for a wonderful dinner party accessory.

How to Cook Swiss Chard with Bacon

As you read the recipe, it might seem like there are a lot of steps, but it all boils down to this: you’re steaming the swiss chard and making the sauce in two pots. This delicious side dish comes together REALLY fast!

  1. Cook the bacon (if using) and steam the swiss chard.
  2. Make the creamy roux.
  3. Add the swiss chard to the sauce, stir, and serve!

Be sure to read the recipe below for all the details and step-by-step.

How to Cut Swiss Chard:

If you’ve never cut swiss chard before, here’s my super fast way to get it done:

Place the piece with the largest leaf on a towel.

Place the rest of the swiss chard on top, aiming to put the larger pieces on the bottom and smaller pieces on top. (This doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can do this in multiple batches, if necessary.)

Starting with one side of the swiss chard, roll it tightly into itself, like you’d be rolling a towel.

Starting at the top of the swiss chard (furthest away from the bottom of the stem), cut the chard into slices all the way down through the end of the stem.

Cooked Creamy Swiss Chard being stirred with a wooden spoon. The image is taken from a birds eye view and looks so mouthwatering.

What do I do with swiss chard?

Swiss chard has a milder flavor than collard greens or turnip greens, but you can cook them in similar ways.

If you don’t make this creamed swiss chard recipe, try my caramelized onion and swiss chard – it’s also one of our favorites!

What’s the best way to eat swiss chard?

Every family is different, but we like to cook swiss chard. If you have it in a salad, a quick massage with a drizzle of dressing (similar to massaging kale in this Kale, blueberry, and walnut salad recipe) will help to soften the leaves and remove the bitterness.

Swiss chard is also a great addition to a pasta recipes, raw or cooked!

What to Serve with Creamed Swiss Chard

Make these dishes with the creamed Swiss chard for a fast, healthy and affordable dinner:

Other Swiss Chard Recipes

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Creamed Swiss Chard

This Creamed Swiss Chard recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food! It’s super frugal, and easily adapts to vegetarian, vegan, Whole30 & Paleo diets. Plus, kids love it! Pairs perfectly with Almond Crusted Baked Chicken! 

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Category: Main Meals
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 3–4 pieces bacon, cooked and diced (optional)
  • 2 lbs swiss chard (any variety)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup milk (any variety)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
Instructions
  1. If you choose to include the bacon, cook it in a skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and reserve the bacon grease for future use. Dice the cooked bacon and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a large pot of water with 2” of water, bring it to a boil, and prepare a steaming basket. (Alternatively, you can steam using an Instant Pot.)
  3. As the water comes to a boil, slice the swiss chard into strips. (See notes below for the easiest way to do this.)
  4. When the water is boiling, steam the sliced swiss chard until it’s wilted, but still bright green – about 2-4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. In a separate medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir well, cooking the flour for one minute.
  6. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, and paprika and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about one minute.
  7. Slowly add the milk, whisking with each addition until you’ve created a thick sauce.
  8. Add the entire can of coconut milk and whisk well.
  9. Turn the heat to low, add the swiss chard and stir gently to combine. Add the cooked bacon (if using) and serve warm.
Notes

  1. How to Cut Swiss Chard: Wash the swiss chard and place the piece with the largest leaf on a towel.
  2. Place the rest of the swiss chard on top, aiming to put the larger pieces on the bottom and smaller pieces on top. (This doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can do this in multiple batches, if necessary.)
  3. Starting with one side of the swiss chard, roll it tightly into itself, like you’d be rolling a towel.
  4. Starting at the top of the swiss chard, cut the chard into slices all the way down through the stem.

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