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Swiss Chard and Potatoes – Croatian Blitva Recipe

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 256kcal
Author Jas


  • 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


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


~ 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. 


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 5.5mg