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This is Swiss Chard season and I find kindly souls give you almost as much of this as they do zucchinis. Well l threw this together for a side dish for tonight's(company is here) dinner - You could also serve it as an appetizer. My apology to the Swiss and the Greek the recipe has never seen either country except as a figment of my imagination. Additional information: I was in my favorite deli and she had just opened a large jar of grape leaves and was going to portion them out so I asked for about a dozen, Made up this recipe as small appetizers, after cooking I served them cold, plain with just lemon juice over them. The grape leaf appies are in the recipe picture

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  • add   2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • add   1/4 cup fine chopped mushrooms
  • add   3/4 cup your favorite salsa (fresh is best)
  • add   1 tablespoon shallots
  • add   1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro (use fresh, chopped, 1 tsp)
  • add   4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • add   2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • add   1/4 cup raw rice
  • add   16 swiss chard leaves
  • add   3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (optional 1/4 tsp dried oregano (use fresh chopped, 1 tsp)
  • add   3/4 teaspoon hot mixed spice (piri-Piri, Mrs Dash Hot, Denzel's goumet hot - your favorite)
  • add   1/4 cup onions


  1. Steam the Swiss Chard leaves,stems removed, dash in cold water and open them up on a plate ready for stuffing, you can layer them but it is important to open them fully Cook the rice and set aside.
  2. In a skillet sprayed with veggie oil saute the onions, shallot, garlic& mushrooms until they are lightly browned Add the sundried tomatoes, stir well.
  3. Add cooked rice.
  4. Add pine nuts, stir.
  5. Add 3/4 tsp hot spice mix.
  6. Fill each leaf with at least a teaspoon of the rice mixture.
  7. The amount depends on the size of the leaf.
  8. ,turn the side of the leaf toward the top and fold in the sides, roll to make a cigar Place rolled Chard in a lightly sprayed low sided baking dish.
  9. Top with Salsa Place in 400F oven for about 12 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with parmesan and allow the cheese to turn golden.
  11. Serve hot.