Swiss Chard Cakes with Basil-Spinach Sauce Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

This recipe is adapted from the original, using Cheddar in place of the kashkaval cheeseOttolenghi calls for in the recipe, and adding a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for spice, which cuts some of the richness from frying. The cakes are monumentally delicious, compelling you to divide the entire batch between two people for a meal. Covered, the sauce keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty

Ingredients

2 cups basil leaves, packed

1 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 tsp salt, divided

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided

1 1/4 lb Swiss chard, cut into 1/2-inch strips

1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

4 oz grated Cheddar cheese

1 egg

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp breadcrumbs

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Olive oil or grape seed oil, for frying

Directions

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

1. Place the basil leaves, spinach, yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, garlic, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper in a blender. Blend until fully incorporated and bright green. Taste and add salt, if desired. Refrigerate until needed.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chard and simmer for 4 minutes. Drain the chard and allow to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much water as possible. Chop the leaves and stalks again and squeeze out any remaining water. Place the chard in a large bowl.

3. Add the almonds, cheese, egg, breadcrumbs, cayenne, and the remaining salt and pepper to the chard. Combine with your hands or a spatula until well incorporated. Form the mixture into 8 patties, which should measure about 3-inches wide and 1-inch thick.

4. Pour enough frying oil into a large skillet to come 1/4-inch up the sides. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place on paper towels to absorb oil. Serve warm or at room temperature, with sauce on the side.