Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts

In this bulked-up version of the classic side dish, chard replaces spinach, and Gorgonzola adds depth and a creamier texture.

Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts
In this bulked-up version of the classic side dish, chard replaces spinach, and Gorgonzola adds depth and a creamier texture.
Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 bunches Swiss chard, trimmed, leaves halved lengthwise, and cut into 2″ pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (8-oz.) piece Gorgonzola cheese, rind removed
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 12 oz. (about 3 slices) pumpernickel bread, torn into 1/4″ pieces
  • 12 cup roughly chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Cook chard in salted boiling water until wilted, 1–2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chard to a bowl of ice water until cold; drain and squeeze completely dry; set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 400°. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with butter; set aside. Heat 6 tbsp. butter in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high; cook garlic and onion until golden, 6–8 minutes. Stir in flour; cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and cream; cook until sauce is thickened, 4–6 minutes. Remove from heat; crumble half the Gorgonzola into pan. Stir in reserved chard, the nutmeg, salt, and pepper; pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Toss remaining butter, the pumpernickel, and walnuts in a bowl; sprinkle mixture over chard. Crumble remaining Gorgonzola over top; bake until chard mixture is bubbly and pumpernickel is crisp, about 30 minutes.