I didn’t knowingly eat Swiss chard until I was in my 30’s. And once I did, I thought I had made an amazing personal discovery. I wanted to eat it all the time. That’s one of my favorite things about trying new foods!
This vegan gratin recipe is creamy, comforting and loaded with Swiss chard. It makes a nice side for fall, winter, holidays or any time you want something a little healthy, but not too healthy. It’s a perfect balance of hearty, healthy greens, and processed fake dairy foods (vegan butter, vegan cheese, etc). And it tastes good 💚
Swiss Chard Gratin
¾ cup breadcrumbs
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
2-3 Tbsp non-dairy butter, melted
Salt and black pepper
3 Tbsp vegan butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups vegan milk
½ cup vegan shredded cheese (I used Daiya Mozzerella Style Shreds)
1 tsp lemon juice
8 cups fresh Swiss chard, torn into pieces
¼ cup water
1. Preheat oven to 400 F, and grease a casserole dish. I used a round 1.5 quart glass dish that was 8.25″ in diameter.
2. In a mixing bowl, add everything listed under “Breadcrumb Topping” and stir until well combined.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt vegan butter over medium heat. When the butter is completely melted, stir in the flour. It should form a paste.
4. Add the vegan milk, and whisk until it thickens over medium heat (~10-15 minutes). Then, whisk in the vegan shredded cheese until it’s fully melted into the sauce. Whisk in the lemon juice. Remove the gratin sauce from heat, taste and adjust seasonings (salt? more lemon?).
5. Then, add chard and water to a large skillet. Over medium heat allow the chard to wilt. Stir it around until it wilts to ~⅓ of it’s original size. Remove from heat, and drain off water.
6. In the greased casserole dish, add 1 cup of the gratin sauce, and spread it evenly across the bottom.
7. Add the swiss chard to the casserole dish over the top of the gratin sauce.
8. Pour the remaining gratin sauce over the swiss chard, and top with the breadcrumb mixture. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove from the oven and serve.