STIR-FRIED SWISS CHARD WITH SEARED TOMATOES

STIR-FRIED SWISS CHARD WITH SEARED TOMATOES (for four)

Vegetables, Swiss chard stir fried with seared tomatoes 1 Vegetables, Swiss chard stir fried with seared tomatoes 2

 

1 tablespoon unhulled sesame seeds

1 bunch Swiss chard, stems separated and thinly sliced, greens roughly chopped

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 whole scallions, cut into 1/8 inch rounds

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon salt

freshly ground black pepper (10 turns of the mill)

2 cups well-ripened cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Place a wok over high heat four about 1 minute or until it smokes. Add the sesame seeds.  Turn the heat to low and dry-cook them for 3 to 5 minutes, or until they brown.  Turn off the heat.  Empty the sesame seeds onto a flat plate.
  1. Place the wok over high heat for about 1 minute, or until it smokes. Add the peanut oil and heat for a few seconds.  Add the chard stems, garlic, scallions, ginger, salt and pepper; stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add the chard leaves and stir-fry 3 minutes more, or until they wilt.  Empty the contents of the wok.
  1. Return the wok to high heat. Add the tomatoes and stir-fry 1 minute.  Return the chard mixture to the wok and mix well for a minute or two to combine all the ingredients.  Empty the contents of the wok onto a serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Serve immediately.

NOTE:  All the preparation for this dish can be done early in the day, but the cooking must be done at the last minute.

adapted from Karen Lee, Nouvelle Chinese Cooking

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