Serves4 (side dish)
- Active time:25 min
- Start to finish:25 min
The stems of Swiss chard get short shrift way too often; when they're beautiful rainbow chard, they deserve a dish all their own. Blanched to remove toughness, then grilledyes, we like our chard charredtheir earthiness is a natural complement to meaty fava beans.
Swiss chard (preferably rainbow), stems and center ribs cut out (reserve leaves for another use)
shelled fresh fava beans (1 1/4 pounds in pods) or shelled fresh or frozen edamame (soybeans; 3/4 pound in pods)
extra-virgin olive oil, divided
small garlic clove, thinly sliced
fresh lemon juice
Blanch chard stems:
Halve stems crosswise and cook in a large pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 4 quarts water) until just barely tender, 3 to 5 minutes (depending on thickness). Cool in an ice bath, reserving cooking water, then transfer to a plate.
Grill stems and assemble dish:
Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas); see Grilling Procedure
Toss chard stems with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Oil grill rack, then grill chard stems, covered only if using a gas grill, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred, about 7 minutes. Cut into 1-inch lengths.
Cook garlic in remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring, until just pale golden. Add oregano, beans, and chard and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to a serving dish and stir in lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Cooks' note: Chard can be blanched and beans cooked 1 day ahead and chilled separately.