We stuff our faces with all sorts of stuffed foods these days! We stuff our pizza crusts with extra cheese. We stuff stuffing into our turkeys. Even oreos into chocolate chip cookies. Some of our favorite foods are stuffed by design. Take the burrito or the calzone. A burrito wouldn’t be a burrito unless it was filled with that unbeatable combo of meat, rice, and beans. The calzone would be no more than a hollow piece of baked bread if it didn’t contain your favorite pizza toppings and massive amounts of melty cheese. We need that delicious stuffing to make meals, well… meals. So, it doesn’t surprise me when I see the new ways people find to stuff different ingredients into their favorite foods.
What does surprise me is that I didn’t think of doing this sooner. See, I finally got sick of sauteing swiss chard to eat as a side dish. I know! While swiss chard has a great bitter flavor, after a while I was searching for something more. I wanted a way to eat swiss chard as a main meal, and pack it with more flavor than just the taste of vegetable in olive oil. Since eating soup would be crazy in this heat, stuffing it seemed like the next best way to turn this vegetable a hearty dinner (and therefore ensure that Mr. Big Flavors would want to eat it).
The stuffing is a simple combination of ground beef, rice, and cheese. We used some homemade red sauce that we froze a few months back, but jar sauce will work just fine here. Or skip it altogether and just sprinkle some cheese on top. What’s important here is rolling the swiss chard leaf up tightly so that the filling won’t fall out. The method is actually quite similar to how we shaped our spring rolls. The nice part about the swiss chard is that it’s quite forgiving. So if you don’t roll it quite right the first time, you can easily fix it without having to scrap the entire leaf.
This dish would be great for all seasons. The meal is hearty, but you won’t feel overly full because there’s no pasta involved. The swiss chard keeps this dish light, so you can stuff your face but not your stomach.
Looking for some other stuffed foods?