Yep, been to the Farmer’s Market again. Too many yummy things. I really have to fight the urge to buy some of everything. This time I went with a menu plan. I got corn (incredible). Also little cukes, a melon, a few tomatoes and some Swiss chard. Tonight I am making patties. I’ve decided it is time to share this Grandma Mary recipe with the world.
Swiss chard–2 bunches…about 2#’s. Wash, steam, drain, chop, drain some more, cool. I leave the stems on and I like the old fashioned plain green variety. Save the magenta color for salad or something. Grandma used to put the steamed chopped chard in a dish towel and wring the heck out of it. I usually give it a good squeeze, but can’t stand to watch that dark liquid go down the drain, so I reserve it for a quick shot of iron and vitamins as soon as it’s cool enough to drink.
Bread crumbs–about 1 cup. This amount is going to depend on how wrung out the chard is. Add more or less to get the consistency of hamburger after the cheese is added. I used seasoned Italian. If you have plain crumbs, throw in some oregano, basil, garlic, ground fennel, etc.
Cheese–Romano and/or Parmesan, grated fine, about 1 cup.
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 300°-ish
Into the prepared chard, add remaining ingredients except oil. Mix well. This should be about the consistency of ground beef. Wet enough to hold together, but not soggy and not so dry that they fall apart. Heat the oil in a nice heavy skillet. I prefer cast iron. Make a patty as you would a hamburger. I like them thin so they get crispy (about 1/4 inch thick). Brown on both sides. Put into the oven to keep warm and continue cooking while you brown the remaining patties. Makes about 12.
I have used wheat germ in place of some bread crumbs. Also mashed garbanzo beans for extra nutrition. Try sunflower seeds or…use your imagination.
Serve hot as a side dish, on a bun like a burger with melted provolone or mozzarella, these are incredible and actually elegant with hollandaise sauce or cold the next morning for breakfast…if there are any left. ;)
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