Our co-host Radell Peischler is back in the kitchen with Chris this week to talk about what we can do when we make a mistake or forget an ingredient. Sometimes, whether we’re new to the kitchen or experienced professionals, things happen while we’re cooking that we don’t expect. What can we do if a dish is too spicy? How do we know if we’ve cooked chicken enough, or too much? How can we best prepare to cook and recover when the inevitable happens? Here are all of Chris’s best loved and most useful cooking tips to help you overcome your kitchen challenges! And make time for the Can Do recipe of the week, our Braised Swiss Chard.
Episode 6 “Can Do” Recipe: Braised Swiss Chard
2 bunches of Swiss chard*
Sea salt flakes
Extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
Red pepper flakes
Handful of raisins
Handful of grated parmesan cheese
½ cup of water or chicken stock
*You can also use kale or spinach, or another hardy green.
Rinse and remove the stems. Pile it and cut into 2-ich strips (almost bite-sized).
Heat a large wide-bottomed sauté pan on the stove. Drizzle in some olive oil (not too much; just enough to coat the bottom of the pan). Add sliced garlic and cook until slightly brown on the edges. Add pinch of red pepper flakes and cook for another 30 seconds, careful not to burn.
Begin to add Swiss chard one or two handfuls at a time, still moist from rinsing. Add a pinch or two of sea salt and cover with a lid. Turn heat down to medium-low. Continue to add additional handfuls as chard wilts in the pan, turning with tongs to cook evenly.
If pan becomes dry, add water or chicken stock as needed to prevent burning.
With final handful of chard, add handful of raisins and cook 30 seconds to one minute more. Remove from heat and garnish with handful of parmesan cheese, as well as toasted breadcrumbs if desired. Serve hot!
Tips from Episode 6:
- Don’t be a helicopter cook; let things cook without stirring or poking them constantly.
- Sometimes you have to surrender. It’s okay! It happens to everyone.
- Get to know your neighbors in case you ever forget an ingredient. Cooking is more fun with friends!
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