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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin

Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin, delivers great taste and lots of vegetables at the same time! If "Let's eat more vegetables!" is your motto, it is easy to do with this delicious vegetable casserole. Perfect as a side dish or as a meatless meal to enjoy. 


We have enjoyed Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin many times, and we will again! A vegetable casserole is one of my favorite ways to accomplish getting our daily quota of vegetables. Plus they always taste great! If you are a backyard gardener this recipe is perfect for the upcoming growing season. Swiss Chard is very easy to grow and the seeds can be set now. 


Swiss Chard like most greens cooks down quite a bit, if purchasing at the market you will need 2 large bunches. But to be honest, three would not be too much! I have made this dish with Rainbow Chard as characterized by the yellow stems and Red Chard. If you look closely you can see the difference in the photos provided. 

How to make Swiss Chard White Bean Sweet Potato Gratin.

If you do not have Gouda Cheese, Cheddar is a fine substitute, but I encourage you to make it with Smoked Gouda at least once because the flavor is superb! The thinly sliced sweet potatoes cook to a soft melty deliciousness almost becoming part of the sauce. For the size of the recipe, the amount of cheese seems small. I encourage you to not use more, this is a casserole to honor the vegetables, and they are delicious!


Concerned about grit in your greens? Swiss Chard like most greens is easily cleaned with a short soaking in a sink of tepid water with a splash of white vinegar. Let soak 10 minutes, lift the chard upwards allowing the water to run off, return, lift again. Let soak 10 minutes more, lift the Swiss Chard out of the water, drain the sink. Rinse the Swiss Chard briefly if you are concerned about any left behind vinegar, but I have never found it to be a problem. Drain the Swiss Chard well, and proceed with the recipe...


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • swiss chard
  • sweet potato
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cooked white beans
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • flour
  • salt & pepper
  • thyme
  • nutmeg
  • milk
  • Smoked Gouda Cheese
You will also need the following:
  • chefs knife
  • cutting board
  • stirring spoon
  • large saute pan
  • large baking pan
Now we are ready to begin!


Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin


Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin
adapted from:  spilling the beans
375-degree oven

olive oil

1 large onion, diced
2 large bunches of chard, leaves, and stems both, cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 c milk
4 cloves garlic finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
freshly grated nutmeg
1 large or equal amount of smaller sweet potatoes, peeled and cut 1/8 inch thick -
2 c cooked white beans or 1- 16 oz can beans drained and rinsed
1/2 t finely crushed thyme leaves
freshly grated nutmeg
2 c grated Gouda, smoked Gouda if possible or Cheddar


Drizzle oil in a large pan, add onion and saute until onion is golden brown.


Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin


Add chard (in batches if necessary) season with salt and pepper to taste, cook until the chard wilts and cooks, and there is no moisture left in the pan.


Transfer the swiss chard mixture to a bowl. When cooled slightly, Taste again and season with salt and pepper if needed. You want the chard to be flavorful, but not overly salty.



Swiss Chard and Sweet Potatoes in a creamy sauce!


Using the same pan, add butter to the pan, when melted stir in the flour.

Cook and stir over medium, add garlic, and milk.


Let simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.


Season with salt and pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. 


Prepare a baking dish (butter or pan spray, you decide) layer in the following manner:

Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin.


Up to half of the sweet potato slices in a single layer, season with Salt & Pepper, and freshly grated Nutmeg.

Half the beans, sprinkled with half of the thyme,


Half of the chard mixture, 


Cover with half the white sauce and half the cheese


How to get your vegetables, Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin


Repeat layers with seasoning as directed. Note regarding the sweet potato slices, do not use more than a single layer of slices. You may have some sweet potato slices leftover. Save them for another use. 


Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin, easy and delicious!


Cover baking dish with foil, bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


Get your veggies with, Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin

Storage options for Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. While this recipe may be frozen, it is not recommended due to the loss of flavor and texture upon thawing. However is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin
adapted from:  spilling the beans
375-degree oven

olive oil

1 large onion, diced
2 large bunches of chard, leaves, and stems both, cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 c milk
4 cloves garlic finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
freshly grated nutmeg
1 large or equal amount of smaller sweet potatoes, peeled and cut 1/8 inch thick -
2 c cooked white beans or 1- 16 oz can beans drained and rinsed
1/2 t finely crushed thyme leaves
freshly grated nutmeg
2 c grated Gouda, smoked Gouda if possible or Cheddar


Drizzle oil in a large pan, add onion and saute until onion is golden brown.

Add chard (in batches if necessary) season with salt and pepper to taste, cook until the chard wilts and cooks, and there is no moisture left in the pan.


Transfer the swiss chard mixture to a bowl. When cooled slightly, Taste again and season with salt and pepper if needed. You want the chard to be flavorful, but not overly salty.

Using the same pan, add butter to the pan, when melted stir in the flour.

Cook and stir over medium, add garlic, and milk.


Let simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.


Season with salt and pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. 


Up to half of the sweet potato slices in a single layer, season with Salt & Pepper, and freshly grated Nutmeg.

Half the beans, sprinkled with half of the thyme,


Half of the chard mixture, 


Cover with half the white sauce and half the cheese

Repeat layers with seasoning as directed. Note regarding the sweet potato slices, do not use more than a single layer of slices. You may have some sweet potato slices leftover. Save them for another use. 

Cover baking dish with foil, bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Storage options for Swiss Chard White Bean and Sweet Potato Gratin. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. While this recipe may be frozen, it is not recommended due to loss of flavor and texture upon thawing. However is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

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  1. THis looks really good. We love (cooking) greens of all kinds and sweet potatoes add such a punch of nutrition.

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  2. What a delicious way to get that healthy leaf into the meal! It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Hope your week is going well.

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    1. I can't wait for our little patch of chard to get ready for harvest! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Sounds healthy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

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  4. That looks wonderful - and sounds good too! Thanks for linking up to the Meatless Monday linky. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you at next weeks party too!

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    1. I love this one, and look forward to it when I have chard in the freezer or it first hits the markets in spring...

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