Swiss Chard and Potatoes – Croatian Blitva Recipe

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Croatian-style Swiss chard and potatoes recipe with garlic is simple, easy and quick to make

Ready for another super easy side dish that your whole family will love? This beautiful Swiss chard (blitva) and potatoes dish is found on almost every menu along the Croatian coastline and islands of the Adriatic Sea. The locals love and serve this side with simple fish, garlicky grilled or pan-fried, but it’s great with any meat. It is also super delicious with fried eggs for a hearty vegetarian meal.  Best of all, it comes together quickly with just a few ingredients.

Did you know Swiss chard sometimes behaves like a perennial, living for several years?  It also grows all season long. Compared with spinach, chard will give you almost double the vitamin E. Although I enjoy chard raw or stuffed, my favorite way to prepare it is Croatian style – sautéed in olive oil with potatoes and garlic. It’s a super simple preparation, like most Croatian food, that showcases a few ingredients but so flavorful and good for you.

For me, the hardest part of making this blitva recipe is crossing the 20 yards to my garden and then washing the leafy greens. If only I had someone to do that part for me, I’d cook it every day. Call me lazy, I don’t care.

If you’re lazy too or don’t have a garden, pick up a bunch or two of chard at the store. I trust you have potatoes and garlic in your pantry already. Do you?

And if that’s too much work, sit on a plane and head over to Croatian coast. It is beautiful this time of year and there is absolutely no better place to enjoy your food than at the front of the crystal clear turquoise sea. While you eat Swiss chard and potatoes, admire the sailboats in the distance and appreciate the breeze that brings the smell of lavender bushes, pine trees, and garlicky grilled fish.

Seriously, if you’ve never been to Croatia put it on your bucket list now. Make this yummy Mediterranean dish as a start. You’ll love it.

 

Swiss Chard and Potatoes – Croatian Blitva Recipe

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Ingredients:
Serves 4

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 big bunch Swiss Chard or two smaller ones
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

~ Free Tip ~

Substitute chard with spinach. 
Another variation is to cook a chopped tomato with garlic before adding chard and potatoes. 
Instead of boiling the greens, saute in oil until wilted. 

 

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Boil in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cut chard into strips, and shortly boil in salted water, until the greens have just wilted. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the potatoes and chard and toss to combine.
  6. Season blitva with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or at room temperature.

 

Fresh from the garden and washed, Swiss cahrd

 

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Swiss Chard and Potatoes – Croatian Blitva Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Croatian simple Swiss chard (blitva) and potatoes recipe is delicious, super easy and quick to make with just a few ingredients. Serve this Mediterranean, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian side dish with fish, meat, fried eggs or alone.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Croatian
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 big bunch Swiss Chard or two smaller ones
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Boil in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cut chard into strips, and shortly boil in salted water, until the greens have just wilted. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the potatoes and chard and toss to combine.
  6. Season blitva with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~ Substitute chard with spinach.  Another variation is to cook a chopped tomato with garlic before adding chard and potatoes.  Instead of boiling the greens, saute in oil until wilted. 

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Croatian simple Swiss chard (blitva) and potatoes recipe is delicious, super easy and quick to make with just a few ingredients. Serve this Mediterranean, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian side dish with fish, meat, fried eggs or alone.

 

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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I love chard! Pinned this – I’m making it this weekend!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Thanks, Helen!

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    Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine
    September 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try this one, I love the ease of it and it looks soooo good. I think I can smell the garlic! Thanks for linking up to the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. Pinned and shared.
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      Jas
      September 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

      It’s so simple but really delicious! I hope you’ll try it!

  3. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    September 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    This looks delicious Jas and my FIL came from Croatia, although he married an Italian lady so the cooking was mainly from Italy. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.
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      Jas
      September 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Sue, I had my suspicions because of your last name, ha! I didn’t ask because some people don’t like sharing their personal info. Does you husband speak or understand Croatian? If so, tell him topli pozdrav from Indiana 😀

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    Jelica
    September 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so delicious and so satisfying! Just perfect for me (gluten-free). Pinning this one to my gluten-free recipe board! Thank you!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, Jelica! It really is all of the above 🙂

  5. Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 2, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    We grow Swiss Chard in our garden and it has been so good this year, your recipe will be a great one to try. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I’m sure you will like it! 😀

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    Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid
    September 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    That looks really tasty! Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.
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      Jas
      September 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      It really is tasty, if you’re a fan of garlic 😉

  7. Reply
    April J Harris
    August 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve always hesitated to cook Swiss chard as I was a bit unsure about it – but this recipe looks absolutely delicious. I had no idea Swiss chard could be perennial, how interesting! Scheduled to pin and share. Thank you so much for bringing this delicious, healthy recipe to The Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a great weekend!
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      Jas
      August 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      You can make Swiss chard any way you would make spinach 🙂 Thank you, April, for stopping in!

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    Patty @pattysaveurs.com
    August 31, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Looks so delicious Jas, full of flavors! I love that it’s a quick, no fuss but delicious recipe!
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      Jas
      August 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks, Patty! The only problem with these easy recipes is that I end up making them too often. My waistline hates it, LOL

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