I love trying new things and making them fun to eat. I’ve always had a fascination with Swiss Chard but I never really liked the taste. Swiss Chard, for me, was bland and needed spices and flavour to make it tasty. I decided to use it in a wrap similar to a “lettuce wrap” you find in Chinese restaurants.
For the filling I used 1/2 grated carrot, a handful of cilantro chopped coarsely, 1 lb of beef, half a medium onion diced and some chopped up swiss chard.
Saute the onions, beef and carrots in a saucepan. Season with soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Once the beef has been browned, add the green leaves. Cook until the leaves are wilted and tender.
Let the meat simmer to evaporate some of the liquids. You don’t want your wraps too wet.
Prepare the chard leaves by boiling them into hot water.
Boil the leaves for a couple of minutes until tender and the colour brightens (2-3 minutes).
The trickiest part is to wrap the chard leaves. Take one of the leaves and pat it dry.
Add a couple of spoons of filling. Don’t overfill because it would tear the leaves.
To make the wrap, you want to take the ends and fold them in before you roll the leaves. It is similar to how you would make a burrito.
Enjoy these wraps with hoisin sauce or plain! Yum!
Swiss Chard Wraps (makes 8-9 wraps)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/2 medium onion
- handful of cilantro
- 2-3 leaves of swiss chard
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (adjust to personal taste)
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce (adjust to personal taste)
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