Swiss Chard with Olives and Lemon

Ingredients

3 large bunches Swiss Chard (about 2 1/4 pounds total)
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/3 cup quartered pitted oil-cured black olives (2 to 3 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preparation

Cut stem from center of each chard leaf. Slice stems crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces; place in medium bowl. Cut leaves crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips.

Bring large pot of water to boil; salt generously. Add chard stems; cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chard leaves. Cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Drain in large colander, pressing out any water. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand in colander at room temperature.

Heat 4 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add olives and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add chard and chard stems. Toss until heated through and any remaining water evaporates, about 4 minutes. Mix in lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Bon Appetit, March 2010

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