Grits…Swiss Chard…And An Egg

Now that's a big chard leaf.

Now that’s a big chard leaf.

Oh man.  Again, I try and try and simply can’t take a good photo of my food.  I promise you this recipe tastes crazy good, even if the pictures are not blog-worthy.

I start with Alton Brown’s grits recipe. Tonight they came out a bit lumpy. I blame it on needing to feed the animals in the barnyard while the grits were cooking, so the whisking had to wait while Doink got his dinner. Lumps ensued.  My bad.


I use the concept of greens and grits from this Food52 recipe and make it with whatever greens are on sale.  Today that was swiss chard.  Back home in the kitchen, I decided to use the chard stems (they were too pretty to feed to the animals) and add some onions.  Never done that before!

Chop those chard stems into small pieces.

Chop those chard stems into small pieces.

Onion, chard stems, and garlic.  You're gonna be cooking this a while...

Onion, chard stems, and garlic. You’re gonna be cooking this a while…

Grits…Swiss Chard…And An Egg

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, leaves roughly chopped and stems diced
  • Alton Brown’s cheese grits recipe
  • fried eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh lemon juice
  • red pepper flakes

Whip up a pot of Alton’s grits.  Or use your own recipe – just make sure there’s cheese in there somewhere!

Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet.  Add onions and a good pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook till the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.  Add swiss chard stems and keep cooking until the onions are caramelized – this took about 20 minutes over medium low heat.  Add chard leaves, garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes (I used a full teaspoon cuz I like it spicy) and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Cook until the chard leaves are wilted.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

Fry up an egg or two.

Put a good portion of grits in a warmed bowl.  Add a generous layer of greens.  Top with the egg.

This dish needs a black bowl.

This would look so much better in a dark bowl.

Don't let the photo fool you.  It was so freaking yummy.

Don’t let the photo fool you. It was totally yummy!

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  1. This is a wonderful meal menu! There’s a lot of chard popping up in our garden and as soon as they are big enough for harvest…your meal will be duplicated to the point! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea:)
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  2. Thank you…it does look good!

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  3. Make sure the yolk is runny! Adds to the fun…..

  4. I have all the ingredients! Can’t wait to make it!

  5. I have all the ingredients! Can’t wait to make it!

  6. Hi Joan
    Thank you for your kind words about our Hobo. I’m catching up on your post and it looks like another fab recipe i’ll need to try. I actually have all the items already and have chard exploding in the garden.
    I super loved your last post, the photos are awesome, nothing better than animals and family 🙂 did the girlie Osprey ever show up?

    Hope you’re having a great week
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    • The girl did finally arrive! They’ve not been on the nest much with all the cold and snow that we’ve had (probably wished they had stayed in South America a little longer) but we’ve seen them mating and building up the nest. Hope to see eggs soon!

      My best to you and yours – my thoughts are with you.

  7. This looks delish! I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Great post.

    I am giving away a set of Ball Canning blue pint jars on my blog right now, I hope you’ll stop by!

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  9. Swiss chard makes everything taste better. Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week:
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