Isn’t life swell when everyone works together? The same is true for food. Creating the perfect dish is all about taking different flavor components and bringing them together in perfect harmony.
Harmony, of course, is achieved by combining the four basic tastes: bitter, sweet, salty and sour. Here, Swiss chard is sauteed with wine soaked raisins, crispy bacon and a splash of lemon juice. The result is stunningly complex but the recipe couldn’t be easier.
Swiss Chard with golden raisins and bacon
- Fry 3-4 pieces of bacon until they’re crispy. After they cool, crumble them into bite size pieces. Set aside.
- Boil a cup of dry white wine and pour over a cup of golden raisins. Let them steep until you’re ready to use them.
- Remove the stems from 2 bunches of swiss chard and boil them salted water for 3-4 minutes, until cooked through. Strain the stems and put them in an ice bath. Remove them from the ice bath and dice into half inch pieces.
- Saute the Swiss chard in some olive oil, adding more chard as the leaves wilt. Add the stems to the pan and sprinkle everything with kosher salt.
- Add the raisins and half of the wine to the pan.
- Squeeze a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into the pan and stir to coat.
- Add the crumbled bacon.