Recently at a market I was asked how I cook silver beet (chard), as they know that they should eat it but really don't like it to much.
My dad used to cook Silver beet for us growing up all the time and cabbage was pretty much done the same way, always picked fresh straight from the veggie garden. It is a simple recipe but so, so delicious and I don't think mum ever had trouble getting us to eat our green vegies this way. It was usually served with mums version something kind of like a cevapcici.
With Dalmatian style cooking it is simple but it is all about the ingredients, home grown full of flavour vegetables, freshly caught fish, etc. So the better your ingredients the better it will taste, a simple rule really.
1 x bunch of fresh silver beet
6 x small potatoes, (new potatoes)
1x large clove of garlic or 2 small
1/4 cup of really good extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of Noccas (this is my addition because I am a chilli freak and it works really well)
1. Wash the silver beet really well, important as once when I was little I missed a snail under one of the leaves and then to my horror when the water started to boil here he was climbing up the side of the saucepan trying to make his escape.
2. chop the silver beet into chunky pieces , usually I just hold it all together and tear it in large pieces, place into a large saucepan .
3. Wash the potatoes and cut into halves, I don't peel new potatoes, place them into the saucepan with the silver beet.
4. Add enough water to come about halfway up the saucepan
5. Add a good pinch of salt and the Noccas if you are using it.
6. Place a firm fitting lid on the saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn it down to a low simmer and cook until potatoes are soft.
7. Very finely chop the garlic and place in the oil.
8. Once the potatoes and silver beet are cooked drain off the water, its important to drain every little bit. I usually tip into a colander or a large sieve for this. When all the water is drained place the potatoes and silver beet back into the saucepan and re heat a little on low with the lid off. This step actually helps to evaporate any remaining water.
9. Lightly mash the potatoes and silver beet with a potato masher or a fork.
10. Add the garlic, olive oil, salt to taste and stir through to combine evenly.
Your silver beet is now ready to serve and enjoy!