Swiss Chard with Potatoes (Blitva)

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Garlicky hunks of potato are mixed with wilted Swiss chard in this quick Croatian side dish, a great accompaniment to grilled fish. This recipe first appeared in our April 2014 issue with Brendan Francis Newnam's story Splendor of the Isles.


  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 13 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. Swiss chard, tough stems removed, tender stems and leaves torn into 2″ pieces


Step 1

Boil potatoes in a 4-qt. saucepan of salted water until tender, 5–7 minutes; drain and set aside. Add oil to saucepan; place over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook until soft, 1–2 minutes. Add potatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5–7 minutes. Stir in Swiss chard; cook until wilted, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

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