Garlicky Chard with Pine Nuts

These garlicky leafy greens are quick to prepare and make a really elegant side dish on your holiday table. You can use any variety of chard you like -- we used Swiss chard for this recipe.

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes

2 pounds chard, stemmed and washed in several changes of water, stems diced and set aside
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves (to taste), minced
3 tablespoons pine nuts
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Fill a bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and add the chard. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until just tender. Transfer to the bowl of ice water and let sit for a few minutes. Drain and squeeze out as much water as you can. Chop coarsely.

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet. Add the chard stems and
cook 3 to 5 minutes, until tender. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring, until they begin to color, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, just until the garlic begins to smell fragrant, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve, or allow to cool and serve at room temperature.